Vols top five: Johnny Majors is program's only two-time SEC player of the year

Tennessee Athletics photo / Tennessee tailback Johnny Majors poses for a photo on Shields-Watkins Field in 1956. The Volunteers posted a 10-0 regular season in 1956, and Majors finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting.
photo Tennessee Athletics photo / Tennessee tailback Johnny Majors poses for a photo on Shields-Watkins Field in 1956. The Volunteers posted a 10-0 regular season in 1956, and Majors finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third story in a series counting down the top five players in University of Tennessee football history. The Times Free Press previously published companion series on Alabama (May 4-8) and Georgia (May 11-15).

Johnny Majors may have been college football's best player on college football's best team during the 1956 season.

The voters didn't see it that way in either instance.

Tennessee became the first Southeastern Conference member to win an Associated Press national championship, accomplishing the feat in 1951, and the Volunteers were only a couple of weeks from adding a second title five years later.

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