An East Coast autograph broker said Tuesday that Johnny Manziel was paid $7,500 for signing approximately 300 mini- and full-sized helmets on Jan. 11-12 while he was attending the Walter Camp Football Foundation event, according to ESPN.
The broker played two cell phone videos for ESPN showing Manziel signing white Texas A&M helmets and footballs laid out on a bed in a hotel room. The video does not show Manziel accepting any money.
The broker said the room was at The Omni in New Haven, Conn., during the Camp event. He said the signing took place at three different times on Jan. 11-12, totaling about an hour.
On the videos, which the broker said were recorded without Manziel’s knowledge, ESPN heard Manziel say “you never did a signing with me” and that if the broker were to tell anyone, he would refuse to deal with him again in the future. Manziel, who appeared comfortable throughout the video recordings, also said if asked, he would say he had simply been approached by various autograph seekers.
GEORGIA: Kicker Marshall Morgan plead guilty last week to two misdemeanor charges stemming from his arrest on Lake Sinclair earlier this summer for boating under the influence.
Morgan received 12 months probation, 240 hours of community service and was fined $1,456, according to a clerk from the Putnam County State Court.
Coach Mark Richt has not revealed if Morgan will be suspended to start the season and indicated Tuesday night he won’t say before the Aug. 31 opener at Clemson.
“If you ask me at halftime of the first game, I’ll let y’all know,” Richt said after Georgia’s second practice of the day. “I’m just saying that you’ll know whether or not he’s in the first game or not by then.”
VIRGINIA TECH: Starting cornerback Antone Exum will not be available for the season opener against Alabama as he continues to rehab his injured right knee.
Athletic trainer Mike Goforth told reporters in Blacksburg, Va., on Monday night that Exum went for a follow-up appointment with Dr. James Andrews and was not given clearance to play.
Andrews, one of the top orthopedic surgeons in the country, performed Exum’s knee surgery.
• Redshirt freshman running back Joel Caleb has been suspended for the opener.
Caleb said before practice Tuesday that the one-game suspension is for a violation of a team rule, but did not provide any additional details.
STANFORD: Thirty years after he left, the school is retiring John Elway’s No. 7 jersey.
The former Cardinal quarterback and No. 1 overall pick of the 1983 NFL Draft will have his jersey retired during halftime of Stanford’s home game against Oregon on Nov. 7. Elway will be only the third player to have his jersey enshrined by the school, joining Ernie Nevers ( No. 1) and Jim Plunkett (No. 16).
Wide receiver Ty Montgomery and defensive end Aziz Shittu both wear No. 7 currently. They will be the last to wear that jersey at Stanford.