Fred Major Jr.
Fred Major Jr.

 

 

Fred Major Jr. (1947)

Fred Major Jr. played in the Maroon era of near perfect athletics. He was a quarterback on an undefeated football team and earned All-Conference and All-State honors after leading the Maroons to a perfect 9-0 record during his senior year. Major quarterbacked a team that set a record for points scored a single season (303), while gaining 3,174 total yards on offense. During the 1946 season, the Maroons defeated Taylorville 69-0 and only allowed seven points in Big 12 Conference play. Major played three years in basketball while teams finished second in 1945 and 1947 and won the state title under Harry Combes in 1946. During his three years of varsity basketball, Major helped lead the Maroons to a 106-7 record (34-2, 38-1, 34-4). The 1947 team set a state record, averaging 57.4 points per game. Fred was elected third-team All-State his senior year. Major was also an excellent hurdler and a member of a relay team that finished third in state, while leading the Maroons to a fourth place team finish at the state meet. Major Jr. later became a football letter winning quarterback at the University of Illinois.