When some of these players make their 2012-13 debut remains to be seen.
Five Marshall players were held out of the team's lone preseason game, a win over Bluefield College. Goff and redshirt freshman DeVince Boykins were out with injuries, while Kane - Marshall's leading scorer last year at 16.5 points per game - and projected starting center Nigel Spikes were held out by coach's decision.
Canty remained on the bench as Marshall continues working with the NCAA concerning an initial eligibility issue.
Goff should be fine for Marshall's regular season opener Friday against Longwood, Herrion said. Boykins' return might still be a couple weeks out, while Herrion said it'll be up to him when Kane and Spikes play again. Canty will be sidelined until his eligibility is determined.
Regardless when each player will enter for the first time, all of them have been indoctrinated into the ways of effective defense.
The Herd has been drilling defense since the summer and Kane said that part of Marshall's game, especially help defense, should be much, much better.
"Last year, guys would get beat and there was a wide open lane," Kane said. "This year, we're helping, taking charges, sliding our feet. We know which way to play our defender. No middle, play everyone to the baseline.
"It's a mental thing. You just have to remember your assignments. If you're in the middle of the court, you have help-side. If a guy sets a pick and roll and a guy rolls, you have to help that guy until he recovers. You have to pay attention to the game. There's going to be fatigue, but you have to know your assignments at all times."
Marshall defense needs to improve, especially in the face of a daunting schedule. On top of the usually tough C-USA slate, the Herd plays a beast of a non-conference schedule. Marshall visits Villanova and defending national champion Kentucky in the season's first 45 days and Ohio after the New Year. It hosts Nevada and plays both West Virginia and Cincinnati in Charleston.
Twelve of Marshall's foes this season qualified for the postseason, including eight in the NCAA Tournament.
That's a tournament the Herd hasn't been a part of since 1987. It wants to end that drought, and the players know they must buckle down on defense to do so.
It's succeeding at little things that have allowed Marshall to become one of the nation's best rebounding teams, Tinnon said. That same dedication should make the Herd better defenders.
"I think that playing defense is going to help us win a lot of games, just manning up," Tinnon said. "There should be no excuses for us to not be a top defensive team. That's just the way it is."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.