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Carroll County Times

WM's Braun ready for new opportunity

In the span of 72 hours, Jeff Braun has gone from a free agent unsure of his football future to a Miami Dolphin with a second chance at pursuing his NFL dream.
The Winters Mill graduate signed with the Dolphins Saturday and will compete for a roster spot as a reserve offensive lineman.
Braun signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in April, but he was released in May and remained without a team until signing with Miami.
"It is refreshing to be playing again," Braun told the Times via email. "It is tough to sit there and think your career was going to end. Playing football has been a constant in my life and I am not and was not ready to hang up my cleats."
Braun worked out for the Dolphins Friday and impressed enough during the workout that Miami told Braun that it planned to sign him following the workout.
"It was a whirlwind 24 hours between Thursday night and Friday," Braun said. "My agent called and said I had a work out at 7 p.m. Friday night, and I was on a flight by 6:30 a.m.. After a layover, I arrived in Miami and had 45 [minutes] before my workout. After the workout, I had a physical, then was informed they were signing me."
Braun was a three-year starter for West Virginia - at guard each of his final two years and at right tackle as a sophomore in 2010. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection as a senior last year.
He's listed as a guard by the Dolphins, but his versatility - the ability to play both center and right tackle as well - could help Braun as he attempts to win a roster spot with Miami.
"I know I have an opportunity to prove myself once again," Braun said. "I have an uphill battle, but that has been my whole career. I believe in my ability and I have to capitalize. The NFL is a numbers game and no nonsense business. You have to make the most of your chances."


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