Holgorsen didn't say who that new center would be, instead preferring to joke about it.
"That's for me to know and for you guys to try and figure out as soon as you possibly can,'' Holgorsen said during a media event at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night.
Well, that's not hard. Starting right guard Jeff Braun, who has nearly as much experience playing on the offensive line as Madsen, has always been the de facto backup center, even though John Bassler is listed as such on the depth chart. And on Saturday, Braun will move over to center and likely be replaced by Pat Eger at guard. Eger started the first half of the season at right tackle before losing his spot. Since then he has been working at guard.
Smith pretty much confirmed the Braun move when he talked about the experience Braun has on the line and how he feels comfortable taking snaps from him.
Smith also said he was disappointed in Madsen, who in four years has provided Smith with probably 98 percent of the snaps he's taken.
"That's really his fault,'' Smith said. "He can't blame anybody but himself.''
Had Madsen played in the two bowl games, he would have tied Dan Mozes' school record for starts with 52. Mozes was also a center.
BRIEFLY: West Virginia's itinerary for today includes another attempt at a practice at Fordham, sandwiched between a morning appearance by a handful of players to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange and a late afternoon visit to the September 11 Memorial and Museum.
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