MORGANTOWN - Since West Virginia opened its season with that 69-34 dismemberment of Marshall, the praise heaped upon a member of that ridiculously efficient offense has yet to wane. It's hard to have a conversation with either his head coach or his position coach in which he's not lauded, even if he's only peripheral to the discussion.
OK, so yes, that's true of quarterback Geno Smith. And maybe to receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey and running back Shawne Alston, too.
But today we're talking about someone far less visible.
Left guard Jeff Braun.
"The guy that stood out was Braun,'' offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh said. "He's moving around better, technically he's better, he's using his hands and doing a bunch of things. He was good in the Orange Bowl, but this was his best performance, by far.''
And from Holgorsen: "There were a lot of guys we could have named the offensive player of the game. We considered Jeff Braun.''
So, having heard and considered most of the accolades, what thinks Jeff Braun of it all?
"During the game I didn't really know how I was playing. I was just trying to take one play at a time,'' Braun said. "And when I got back and watched some film, I did some things I like and there are a few plays I'd like to have back.
"Overall, I think I played fairly well. But it's the first game. I want to build off of that. Right now I have two pretty good games under my belt. I just want to keep building on it.''
Of course, from a layman's perspective, who really knows how well Braun played, or any of the individual offensive linemen for that matter? His parents probably watched him pretty closely. Bedenbaugh and Vince Cashdollar, his graduate assistant in the press box, did, too, although even they needed film study to pin it down.
And it's not like you can look at the stat sheet at the end and see Braun's name anywhere except on the list of starters.
You can, however, look at that stat sheet and see a total absence of sacks and 331 rushing yards and draw some conclusions about the play of the offensive line. And much of that has to do with the play of Braun, who admits he had an unusually small number of mistakes.