"I like anything up front,'' Eger said. "Anything in the trenches I have fun with.''
Well, if that's the case then Eger has had plenty of fun during his previous four years at West Virginia. The 6-foot-6, 302-pounder will be a fifth-year senior in the fall and he's played every position across the line. He was a reserve at left tackle early in his career and has played both guard spots.
He started 12 games at right tackle as a sophomore in 2011, then the first six last season at the same spot. He was replaced for the second half of the season, mostly by Curtis Feigt, but then when Madsen was declared ineligible for the Pinstripe Bowl in December he re-emerged as the starting right guard in place of Jeff Braun, who moved to center.
"I've played pretty much everywhere so far,'' Eger said.
Center, though, is a different animal. Not only is there the responsibility for getting the ball back to the quarterback, there's that proximity to the guy on the other side of the ball. Defensive linemen who line up over the guards and tackles often like to have a buffer so they can take an angle. Nose guards tend to want to disrupt things a bit more, and what better way to do that than to hit the center before he's even finished his follow-through.
And if that's not enough, the center is also generally charged with making the line calls. It has to be him because he's in the best position to see both sides of the defensive front.
"You have to make the calls, but when it comes down to it as soon as the ball is snapped everyone is just playing physical,'' Eger said. "Everyone has to be smart across the board then.''
There's also the not-so-minor issue of working for the third offensive line coach in the last four years. Ron Crook replaced Bill Bedenbaugh just before spring practice began. Bedenbaugh had been around for just two years after replacing Dave Johnson.
But like the move to center, Eger doesn't dwell on that.
"As a player, there's not much you can do about it,'' Eger said. "You put your head down and you work. I'm on my third offensive line coach right now. It's been a blessing and it's been bad thing at the same time. You learn something new every time, but it's always an adjustment.''
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