"Hopefully it's not unusual,'' he said. "But it's not like I let guys through. The mistakes I had were technical that I can fix - taking the wrong steps, putting my hands in the wrong place, maybe not getting on a block completely, stuff like that. That's a mistake to me.
"The glaring mistakes are what everyone else sees - a sack, a hurry-up throw or a pressure, a penalty. Those are what people watching on TV can see. But there's stuff we see in the film room that I would know.''
There were so few of those, however, that even Bedenbaugh has trouble picking on Braun for them. That would be kind of like quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital watching Smith complete 32 of 36 passes and dwelling on the four incompletions.
What is even more amazing, perhaps, is that Braun is playing as well as he is at a new position. Last year he filled in for Josh Jenkins all season at left guard. The year before he started every game at right tackle. In high school in Westminster, Md., he was an all-state center.
Granted, it might seem trivial, all those position changes, given that the basic assignment is still the same - to block and protect. But there's more to it than that.
"It's hard to move around,'' Bedenbaugh said. "It's hard to change your stance, and you're getting different rushes from different sides and different positions.''
Perhaps now, in his fifth season, the 6-foot-5, 321-pounder has found a home.
"I just like the stance. It feels more natural having my right hand down and my right foot back,'' Braun said. "But it doesn't really matter. I played a little left guard [in practice Tuesday] just to give Josh a breather. I know the plays from any position, but it's just being in that stance.''
Whatever the reason, Braun has seemed to assume the role of the best player on a vastly improved offensive line. He's certainly the most versatile, having played every position. Were something to happen to center Joe Madsen, don't look to the depth chart to see who his backup is. Regardless of what it says, it's Braun, who would move over and then be subbed for himself.
"We're light years ahead of where we were last year,'' Holgorsen said of the offensive line play in general.
And Braun's play is a big reason.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.