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POLL: Will 'Johnny Football' be the first freshman to win the Heisman?

2012 Heisman Trophy Media Availability

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Manti Te'o and Johnny Manziel pose in front of the Heisman Award Trophy in New York City on December 7, 2012.

[Update: 6:05 p.m.: Johnny Manziel wins the Heisman.]

History could be made today as college football's highest individual award, the Heisman Memorial Trophy, has a very good chance of being handed to either the first freshman recipient or first pure defensive player.

Texas A&M redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel has earned the nickname of "Johnny Football" by leading the Aggies in both rushing yards and TDs.  The strong-armed field general threw for 3,419 yards with 24 touchdowns and just eight interceptions, and also ran for 1,181 yards and scored 19 TDs. Not bad for the clean-cut Texas native who turned 20 just two days ago.

Manziel's stiffest competition for the Heisman comes from Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, who racked up 103 tackles and nine takeaways during the undefeated Fighting Irish season that saw his team earn the nation's number one ranking. Te'o's success was bittersweet as this season he also had to cope with the deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend, who passed away within hours of each other early in the season. If he becomes Notre Dame's eighth Heisman winner, it would be the most any college has been awarded.


I love LA? Randy Newman, N.W.A losing to Rush and Deep Purple in Hall of Fame poll

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Randy Newman speaking on a KPCC panel about writing music for films.

Canada and Britain are putting a beat-down on local artists N.W.A and Randy Newman in a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame online poll that began Thursday.

Veteran rock trio Rush is leading all others in the poll where fans have the chance to partake in the 2013 induction selection process. The British classic rock group Deep Purple is currently in second place.

Members of the public are allowed to vote on up to five nominees that they feel should be forever enshrined in Cleveland (where the heart of rock is still beating?). After the online voting ends in early December, the top five artists will make it to a fan ballot, according to the the Rock Hall of Fame.

After one day of voting Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Donna Summer, Public Enemy and Procol Harum are ranked 3rd to 8th respectively. Then trailing in at 9th and 10th are the rap legends from Compton and the man who gave us "I Love L.A."