MORGANTOWN - West Virginia's football team didn't even get a chance to resume practice after a 12-day break before getting some rather disappointing injury news.
Starting cornerback Pat Miller had surgery on a broken bone in his foot and will miss the rest of WVU's spring drills, which resumed Tuesday. But in the grand scheme, it could have been worse.
Miller will be sidelined for two months, but should be fully recovered well before the beginning of fall camp and the 2012 season.
"He's obviously out for the spring, but he'll be full speed by July 1st,'' coach Dana Holgorsen said. "So we'll get a good month of work out of him and be ready for the season.''
Miller was injured during the final practice before the team was dismissed for spring break and x-rays the following day indicated the need for surgery. Miller delayed it until after spring break and had surgery on his foot Tuesday morning.
In a way, the injury to Miller creates a bit of an extra opportunity for the team's largely untested corps of cornerbacks. Miller, who will be a senior in the fall, and redshirt junior Brodrick Jenkins are the only players with real experience at the position, and now others will have to get the practice reps that had been taken by Miller.
Holgorsen admitted that it should open some opportunities for others.
"It does, but we're not very deep at corner,'' Holgorsen said.
Besides Jenkins and Miller, there are only two other scholarship cornerbacks on the depth chart now - Avery Williams and Terrell Chestnut. Behind those two are Lawrence Smith and Cecil Level.
Holgorsen admitted that all of those backups need practice reps, but at the same time "I'd rather Pat was getting them.''