That doesn't even count the season-ending injuries earlier to cornerback Nana Kyeremeh and linebackers Shaq Petteway and Dozie Ezemma.
Holgorsen admits that all of that has combined to put the defense in a bit of a bind, but he won't use it as an excuse.
"Yeah, but what are you going to do about it?'' Holgorsen asked. "You've got to put people in there, the next-guy-up thing. You want your best guys out there, but injuries affect everybody.
"Look at TCU. I'd imagine TCU would like to have its best pass-rushing defensive end available for them as well. I'm not going to use that as an excuse not to be successful. We were in position to make plays and we've got to make plays.''
TCU, by the way, has played all season without last year's Big 12 defensive player of the year, end Devonte Fields. He missed the beginning of the season while suspended by coach Gary Patterson and then was ruled out for the rest of the season because of a foot injury.
But as far as West Virginia is concerned, the Mountaineers just keep trying to plug in new parts. One that was plugged in last week was true freshman Darrien Howard. Howard, recruited and still listed as a linebacker, arrived late for camp and was ticketed for a redshirt. But he was inserted into the Kansas State game at nose guard and was rather impressive in spot duty.
"It's been a weekly conversation for us for about a month - do we play him?'' Holgorsen said. "Dontrill was out and we needed to move Kyle Rose exclusively to end, and it left us a nose [guard] short.''
Howard, listed at 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, played "about 15 snaps,'' Holgorsen said, and will likely play more this week.
"Regardless of who the bodies are, they need to know what to do, they need to get in and they need to do it to the best of their abilities,'' Holgorsen said. "And it's our job to coach them up to do so.''
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