And what happens if one of the corners - or anyone, for that matter - is yanked for poor performance and his replacement does no better? Confidence is an issue, and there's the potential there for destroying that in multiple players.
Not that some of that confidence hasn't already taken a big hit, which is something DeForest is trying to guard against.
"It's human nature to get down on yourself,'' he said. "We can't let outside distractions or outside comments deter from what we're trying to do as a defense, which is to get better each and every week and each and every day.''
Against Texas, that West Virginia defense will face a different challenge than it did against Baylor, one more resembling that of Maryland, but on steroids. The Longhorns will try to control the ball and the clock with a run game and attempt to limit West Virginia's offensive possessions and rhythm, but they will do it with a roster full of five-star recruits and a passing game capable of putting up big numbers of its own.
The hope is that West Virginia's up-front defense will be more of a factor in a game against a team that doesn't throw the ball so much, but that group hasn't really been tested by this kind of ground game.
"The front seven played well. Shaq [Rowell], Doug Rigg, Will [Clarke], Terence [Garvin], Jorge [Wright], Isaiah [Bruce] and Josh Francis all played well,'' Holgorsen said. "They were holding Baylor to two yards per carry, and that's pretty good considering Baylor came in averaging over 250 yards rushing.
"And they were disruptive at times when they were rushing the passer. We need a little bit more out of the defensive line when it comes pressuring the quarterback.''
And keeping the confidence up is critical, although that seems a tough task after what happened last week.
"There are different ways of developing confidence. One is being successful,'' Holgorsen said. "There are guys back in the secondary that have been successful in the past, but others are true freshmen.
"The other way is to man up a little bit and work hard. One of the things we've told every one of our players is that no one is going to give you anything. You have to earn everything, so if you don't like the result, you have to work hard in order to change it. That isn't just a reality in football, that's a reality in life the last time I checked.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at twitter.com/dphickman1