Ghaifan physically grows into leadership role

Youhanna Ghaifan (81) of Grand Island Central Catholic makes a tackle on Nov. 7, 2014 in a C1 playoff game. (KHGI)

Going into his junior year at the University of Wyoming, one of the biggest changes in Youhanna Ghaifan has been his size.

Since his graduation from Grand Island Central Catholic, Ghaifan has put on (a listed) 60 pounds, and the pictures are out there to prove it.

"We're supposed to eat at least six times a day and drink water every single day and it will help us get to that next level of eating right and performing, having our bodies healthy and ready for the season and stuff," Ghaifan said.

The physical growth has helped the defensive tackle reassert the dominance once witnessed when he played at GICC. As his role with Wyoming continues to grow, he's recalling how he developed in Grand Island.

"I knew for my team to be good, I have to give it all 110 percent," Ghaifan said. "I couldn't take days off or make sure I was the leader of the whole group, and that's kind of what made me better; stepping into that leadership role. That's kind of what I took in at GICC."

Ghaifan appeared in 12 games last season with Wyoming, averaging a Mountain West best 1.29 tackles for loss per game and was fourth best with 7.0 sacks. He's a first-team All-Mountain West selection this year alongside fellow defensive lineman Carl Granderson.

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