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CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 12 Naperville Central

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School: Naperville Central

Head Coach: Mike Stine

Assistant Coaches: Mike Ulreich (Assistant Head Coach Defense/Defensive Coordinator), Eric Novak (D-Line), Tim Boecker (Defensive Backs), Marc Anderson (Defensive Backs), Josh McLeod (Linebackers/Rush Ends), Pat Watson (Assistant Head Coach Offense/Offensive Line), Chad Bradley (Quarterbacks), Adam Freed (Running Backs), Phil Allen (Tight Ends/Fullbacks),, Cris Crissey (Wide Receivers), Kofi Hughes (Wide Receivers)

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (4-4 DuPage Valley Conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA state playoffs.

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2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25 @ Glenbard North

September 1 vs. Neuqua Valley

September 8 vs. Metea Valley

September 15 @ Waubonsie Valley

September 22 vs. Wheaton South

September 30 vs. St. Edward Ohio

October 6 vs Naperville North at NCC

October 13 vs. Wheaton North

October 20 @ Lake Park

Biggest storyline: Can the Redhawks potentially explosive offense help out a younger defense in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior RB AJ Deinhart, junior OL Luke Hallstrom

Biggest holes to fill: The Redhawks will feature just two returning starters on defense this fall in senior DL Lavar Arichibald and senior DB Braden Lindmark.

EDGY's Early Take: Naperville Central's offense was able to add a huge spark when former Metea Valley junior QB Payton Thorne and senior WR/DB Jayden Reed (Western Michigan) transferred into Naperville Central this past spring. The schedule is always rough in the DuPage Valley, including a Week 1 opener against Glenbard North, yet this Redhawks team has a ton of potential and longer term upside in 2017.