Sumlin not pleased with 'Johnny Cam' idea

September, 10, 2013
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Alabama and Texas A&M will be the center of attention in the college football world on Saturday afternoon when the No. 1 Crimson Tide roll into Kyle Field to meet the No. 6 Aggies, the only team to defeat Alabama last season.

And plans to single out the game's biggest star with a camera isn't exactly thrilling to Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin.

When asked about the reported "Johnny Cam" that CBS plans to use to follow Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel's every move, Sumlin voiced his displeasure with the idea. CBS coordinating producer of college football Craig Silver told SI.com that the network is adding an extra camera just to capture Manziel's every move during Saturday's broadcast.

"Everything that we try to do here at Texas A&M is about team," Sumlin said Tuesday. "It's about building our team, building our program and not being an individual. Saturday afternoon you're going to have two football teams on the field. And I don't understand why there's got to be one guy singled out to put a camera on the whole time."

Manziel has been in the college football spotlight basically since leading the Aggies to the upset of No. 1 Alabama last November. After winning the Heisman, his profile grew, even in the offseason and he has been under a constant microscope from the public and the media.

Sumlin said the idea of "Johnny Cam" contradicts the kind of atmosphere he tries to foster in the football program.

"That's not what we're trying to be about, that's not what we're trying to promote and certainly from my standpoint looking out, all the criticism about individualism on a football team, I don't think that this helps enhance a team concept one bit," Sumlin said.

When asked if he would attempt to ask CBS to reconsider using the "Johnny Cam," Sumlin said with a laugh: "I'm sure there will be a discussion after what I just said. But you guys know me, I'll tell you what's on my mind."

Manziel was unavailable to the media during the Aggies’ regularly scheduled weekly news conference on Tuesday. He spoke with reporters after Saturday's 65-28 win over Sam Houston State, but Sumlin said Manziel requested not to speak at this time in accordance with advice from his family and attorneys.

"Quite frankly, right now, he and his family and his advisors, his lawyers have advised him not to talk and I'll respect his wishes for that," Sumlin said. "And as I said beforehand, there will be a time where he will be able to speak to the media. In this instance I'm going to respect his request not to speak to the media at this time. But again, I thought Saturday night, he did a great job."

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Texas A&M/SEC reporter

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