The award is annually given to the senior football player in Douglas County whom coaches and administrators feel represents the best in academics, athletics and character.
The award is named after Howard Thompson, who began the first football team in the county while still a high school student.
Dansereau, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound, four-year varsity starter for the Cougars, helped lead Alexander to its best season in more than 15 years on both sides of the ball. Dansereau finished with 1,006 all-purpose total yards and 11 touchdowns on offense while posting 68 tackles and an interception on the defensive end.
This past season the Cougars won eight games, reaching the postseason for the first time since 1997, which was also the last year they had a winning record.
Furthermore, Alexander won two playoff games, reaching the quarterfinals of the Georgia High School Association Class AAAA playoffs.
“This is a big honor but I feel like it’s more than an individual award,” Dansereau said. “It was special to do something for the school and receiving support from the community throughout this past season.”
Dansereau, who has also been a starter for the school’s baseball team the past three seasons in the infield, has a 3.67 grade point average and plans to pursue a career in athletic training and physical therapy. He’s considering college offers for baseball and football and planning to major in business management.
Football head coach Matt Combs said Dansereau “is highly respected in our school and community.”
“When the athletic directors and coaches met to choose the honoree, it was pretty much a unanimous vote for Brian once they saw what type of character he has,” Combs said. “He’s part of a group that has laid down a strong foundation for our program which has been left in good hands.”
Dansereau is only the second Cougar to win the award since 1997 with Tim Abernathy receiving the honor in 2011.