Defensive lineman Youhanna Ghaifan is preparing for his first season as a member of the Pirates. Ghaifan arrives in Massachusetts via the University of Wyoming. Having sat out most of the 2018 football season, his redshirt junior year, Ghafain considered transferring. Oklahoma State, Oregon, and Kansas State all showed interest but he decided to move on from the college game. Despite an impressive draft report that highlighted his athleticism, speed, and pass rushing prowess, teams passed on Ghaifan in the 2019 NFL Draft. He signed a free agent contract with the Washington Football Team but was released. The Pirates will benefit from Ghaifan’s ability both as a pass rusher and as an effective defender against the run. Quick hands, nimble feet, and tenacity should make Ghaifan a defensive force in 2021.
2017, Ghafain’s third season with the Wyoming Cowboys, was his best. He was named First-Team All-Mountain West Conference and played in 12 games. Ghafain made an impressive 69 tackles, 39 of those solo. Highlighting the season, with Ghafain anchoring Wyoming’s defense, the Cowboys thrashed Central Michigan 37-14 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Ghaifan had 5 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks in the game.
Ghafain also made his presence known on the defensive line in 2016. That season he played in 14 games and recorded 33 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss. He also added 3 sacks and forced a fumble. In the Mountain West Championship game against San Diego State, Ghafain made 8 tackles, a career-high. A few weeks later, playing against BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl, Ghafain recorded six tackles, an impressive performance even though the Cowboys lost to the Cougars 24-21.
In 2015 Ghafain redshirted. He was heavily recruited out of Grand Island Central Catholic (NE), receiving offers from Nebraska and Ohio. Ghafain decided on Wyoming and studied business while enrolled. Ghafain was also a soccer stand-out in high school, further demonstrating his unique athletic ability. Ghaifan is entering his age-24 season with Massachusetts this season.