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Douglas County linebacker Braelen Oliver has been the Howard Thompson Troohy winner, which goes to the top senior football player in the county.

Oliver was the ninth-ranked Tigers leading tackler this past season as they finished as Region 5-AAAAAA runner-up. The Minnesota signee had 164 tackles including 14 tackles for loss with five sacks.

He also had five interceptions, six pass deflections and one forced fumbles. He had two defensive touchdowns and a special teams score. He had 567 yards of offense with five touchdowns.

The Howard Thompson Trophy is voted on by all five of the county’s football coaches, athletic directors and selected media. This is the first time since the 2010 season that a player from the Tigers’ program received the trophy.

This is the third player of the year award that Oliver has received in the postseason since helping lead the Tigers to a 10-2 finish and second round of the state playoffs.

He was previously named the Region 5-AAAAAA Player of the Year and the Douglas County Sentinel Player of the Year. Oliver was named all-state first team by the AJC and the Georgia Sports Writers Association.

He signed with Minnesota during last month’s early signing period.

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