Then he heard the rumors.
"They were flying around everywhere I went that I was going to the offensive side of the ball," Braun said. "I went to Coach Stewart and said, 'What do you want, either offense or defense?' He said to pick whatever I wanted."
Braun thought about it and literally weighed his options. Braun was about 330 pounds during his first summer on campus.
"The main thing was the weight," he said. "I heard all the nose guards had to weigh under 300 pounds, so I figured I might as well switch to the offensive line. When I did and went to the first meeting, they already had a playbook for me."
Braun redshirted and looked like he'd be the starter at right guard last year before another redshirt freshman, Joey Madsen, emerged. Madsen ended up starting seven games at right guard and six at center and is the likely starting center this year. Senior Eric Jobe, who shared the rotating center-guard duties with Madsen, will remain at right guard.
At tackle, Braun has an opportunity he wouldn't have had at guard.
"There's always going to be competition wherever they put you on the depth chart and wherever I was, I was going to compete," said Braun, who is 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds now. "But (right tackle) is vacant. Whenever a spot opens up, people are going to want it.
"I'm fortunate to be in one of those spots because Coach Johnson told me he thought it'd be a great opportunity for me to slide over and learn that position."
He has company and competition from Eger, though. The 6-foot-6, 288-pound Eger played left tackle at Thomas Jefferson High, in Jefferson Hills, Pa., and as a senior was named first-team Class AAA all-state by the WPIAL and the AP as a senior. He put himself in WVU's future plans as a redshirt last season and was the offensive scout team champion the week of the Auburn game.
"Last year I knew I was going to get redshirted, so I did my time on the scout team so I could get on the field as much as I can this year," Eger said. "I want to push everyone I can to get some playing time and make a name for myself.
"Right now, I'm working on getting the plays down and polishing my footwork. I like the competition and I'm sure Braun likes it, too. We're pushing each other to get better."
What Eger already knew about playing tackle is what Braun has been getting to know since March. There's a vast difference between playing inside and outside on the line and with one teammate at your side as opposed to two. Perhaps greater is the difference in who lines up across from Braun, a change he learned to like right away.
"You're going against, for the most part, smaller guys," Braun said. "They're a lot faster, so you have to have superb technique. Your footwork has to be really good. Your pass sets have to be almost flawless. You're going backward and the guys across you run 4.5 40s and they're going straight forward. It's different on the outside, but you learn how to deal with it."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.