The Grand Island Senior High coaching staff found a big solution to a big problem staring right at them.

The Islanders' offensive and defensive lines were decimated by graduation after last year's 7-3 campaign.

Only one starter returned — 6-foot-2, 235-pound senior Jake Gdowski.

And he's where the rebuilding of the lines began.

A move from tight end to center and from defensive end to defensive tackle for Gdowski and the foundation of the new lines was in place.

"Jake is what we're building around," GISH head coach Jeff Tomlin said. "We put him inside, and then we're working around him. You couldn't ask for a better foundation."

The switches have not been tough ones to make for Gdowski, an Independent Super Squad First-Team Offensive selection last year.

"At center, I'll face a lot of nose guard fronts," he said. "I've got to stop the penetration and keep them away. It's a good switch. It lets me get big and that's probably where I'll play at the next level. All summer long I practiced there, so it's a natural feel now."

Defensive tackle may have been the spot that took Gdowski a while longer to feel comfortable at.

"It was new at first," he said. "You face more double teams there, so I've got to get ready for that."

The Islander coaches are high on Gdowski's abilities, and they aren't alone. He has attracted attention from several NCAA Div. I schools and has received a scholarship offer from Colorado State.

"It felt good," Gdowski said of the offer from the Rams. "It's a relief."

Besides CSU, Gdowski also attended football camps at Nebraska, Iowa State and Kansas over the summer. He said those schools wanted to see film from his first few games of the season before making any offers with Kansas showing him the most interest.

The looming decision on college isn't putting any extra pressure on Gdowski. He's focusing on helping the Islanders put together another successful season.

"If the team does well, everything else will take care of itself," he said.

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