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Braun: Offensive line will be stronger

July 26, 2011

MORGANTOWN - West Virginia University's offensive line, criticized the past two years, is going to be stronger this season.

That's the word from Jeff Braun, who is being switched to left guard from right tackle. He's a 6-foot-4, 325-pound junior from Westminster , Md.

"We're definitely getting better," Braun said during a break in summer workouts. "All of us are getting more comfortable with the new offence".

He explained that the O-line works on run plays and pass plays before coming together with others for 7-on-7 drills. The idea is to become more familiar with the plays before camp opens Aug, 4.

"Blocking for run plays is not as difficult as it was in the past two years," Braun said. "You have an inside guy and an outside guy. They're the same any way you go.

"Pass-wise, it's a little bit different. For some people, it is easier. For others, it's more difficult to grasp.

"But basically it's the same offense. If you've been on offence for audibles, you'll know what's going on.

Braun is one of the most experienced offensive linemen. He has played in 24 games and started 13 of those.

Last season he started every game and saw action in more than 820 plays. He led the line with 49 knockdowns and was second in thunderbolt blocks with six.

Braun said it's tougher during summer drill's, but the Mountaineers are used to the grind as it is about to end.

With standout Josh Jenkins medically redshirted for knee surgery, WVU will miss his tremendous talent. But Braun already had taken over Jenkins' spot at left guard.

"Until last year, I had played nothing but guard previously," he said. "I am glad Jenkins will be back for next season, though.

"We just have to take it one day at a time. Our job never changes.

"My shoulder is 100 percent healthy now (after off-season surgery). That was good I could work on some of my skills (while in rehab).

"It was good to get my shoulder healed, though."

Braun is a Big East Academic All-star and also a mentor of the Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll.

Athletically, he said he's excited to be where he is now-back at guard.



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