Now, Brown, who holds an Illinois offer among others, has his chance to prove himself as a back against an Ottawa team that went undefeated in the regular season last year. Both teams come in with a 1-2 record, making this game a must-win for both teams as far as playoff hopes are likely concerned.
First year DeKalb coach Matt Weckler is taking over a football team that had a head coach per year the prior two years and is looking to add some stability to the Barbs' program.
Ottawa dropped their first two, including a week 1 loss in overtime to Yorkville, but the Pirates got a win last week and may have the momentum coming into this one.
Here's a look at featured running back Dre Brown of DeKalb:
Dre Brown, a 5'11", 195 pound running back who has played significant varsity minutes his entire career, now is the primary bearer of the rock for the Barbs. After splitting carries last year, he figures to have the ball in his hands much more this year, and that's good news for DeKalb, who welcomes in a new coach this year.
This spring, Brown spent significant time working on his defensive back skills in 7-on-7 competitions, primarily at safety. As the best athlete on his team, it's no surprise that he's expected to be a major contributor on both sides of the ball, and is probably going to figure in heavily to special teams, too.
Much of the Barbs' season this year will rest upon the legs of Brown, but make no mistake, it will take a team effort to turn things around.