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Jeff Braun

School

West Virginia

Position
Offensive Line
Major
Physical Education Teaching

Classroom

Braun has posted a 3.21 Grade Point Average and has been named numerous times to the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll. He is a two-time Big East Academic All-Star.

Character

Braun is one of the team leaders on the offensive side of the ball for West Virginia. He leads through his example on and off the field. When things aren’t going well on the field or in the locker room, he isn’t afraid to step up and make it known to the players to do the right thing. He is one of the team leaders when it comes to speaking for the team to the media. When we brought in our current head coach Dana Holgorsen and he came as a coach in waiting to the previous head coach Bill Stewart, Braun was one of the players who talked to the media about the transition on the player’s behalf.

Community

Braun is heavily involved in the team’s community outreach. He visits and serves as a role model at the WVU Children’s Hospital. He participates in activities with the Parkersburg Boys and Girls Club and always takes time to talk to kids and sign autographs. He has participated in walk a mile in her shoes to fight violence against women and spoke to local high schools about the importance of an education and to stay away from alcohol and drugs. He has volunteered with the local stepping stones program, geared toward children with disabilities and participated in the Three Rivers Festival, riding in parade and siging autographs for the kids.

Competition

Braun is a starter at the guard position on the offensive line for the third year. He helped lead the Mountaineers to a 28-11 record, two Big East Conference titles and three bowl appearances - WVU defeated Clemson, 70-33, last year to win the Orange Bowl. Braun has played in 37 games and started 26. Last year, he was a main cog in the offensive line that helped pave the way for the offense to average 37.6 points per game (No. 13 nationally), more than 4,500 passing yards (No. 6) and more than 6,100 total yards (No. 15). He finished with 51 knockdowns (second on the team) and allowed only one sack for the season. He led the team as a sophomore with 49 knockdowns and was named to Phil Steele’s third team all-conference.