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Head coach: Matt Weckler
Assistant coaches: Tyler Bell, Bob White, Mike Neuman, Keith Snyder, Tim Holt, Tyrone Williams, Tywon Green and Charlie Crum
How they fared in 2017: 8-3 (3-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East Conference). DeKalb made the Class 6A state playoff field, defeated Montini Catholic then lost to Willowbrook in second round action.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 @ Lake Park
Aug. 31 vs Crystal Lake South
Sept. 7 @ Metea Valley
Sept. 14 vs Sycamore at NIU
Sept. 21 @ Kaneland
Sept. 28 vs Morris
Oct. 5 @ LaSalle-Peru
Oct. 12 vs Yorkville
Oct. 19 vs Geneseo
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Biggest storyline: Can the Barbs keep their postseason success rolling once again this fall?
Names to watch this season: RB/DB Jaylen Hobson, OL Spencer Harris and LB Keegan Smith (Air Force)
Biggest holes to fill: The Barbs will need to replace 14 graduated starters (seven offense, seven defense) from a season ago.
EDGY's Early Take: DeKalb will enter the final season of the Northern Illinois Big 12 East still in search of a conference home for the 2019 season and beyond. On the field? Head coach Matt Weckler and staff has put together a consistent winner. The Barbs have plenty of talent in the program. If DeKalb can find answers at a handful of key spots (QB/OL/DL) they will challenge for the conference crown and another postseason spot in 2018.