But Keith Tandy, a star high school quarterback who turned into a steady college cornerback, is in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Miller, who lost his starting spot to Jenkins and broke a bone in his foot in the spring, is the second likely starter.
Behind them? Not much. Not yet at least. The Mountaineers will need starters and backups this year and beyond. The nature of the Big 12 demands it and begs for a special type of player, too.
"It's a fun conference if you're the type of player who wants to be in it," said Oklahoma cornerback Demontre Hurst. "You know going in, each team is going to throw it 30, 40, 50 times a game. For me, going out there against the best receivers, tight ends, running backs, whoever, is really challenging and really fun.
"It's a chance to intercept balls and play defense to the best of your ability. This is a (defensive back's) world."
That becomes part of the pitch now, though the pitch will curve and knuckle from time to time. It's hard, and probably foolish, to guarantee success playing defense in the Big 12. Again, the other side of the ball does not simply allow it.
"There is all kinds of defensive talent in this league and you're going to get points scored against you because of the rules and the schemes," Iowa State Coach Paul Rhoads said. "So you've got to change it up because you can give up in the low 30s in a particular game and say, 'Hey, nice job,' and mean it because it really was."
It's really like that everywhere in college football now and we're in a time where scoring offense and scoring defense have become the game's most important statistic. Success for the Mountaineers this season could very well depend on what happens in the red zone and if they or the opponent kicks field goals or scores touchdowns.
The offenses are like that in the Big 12. They attack with an array of formations and plans. Quarterbacks throw it, but they throw it everywhere and to everyone. There is a variety of receivers - big and small, slow and speedy and everything in between. Tight ends are not decoys. Running backs are weapons in the passing game.
What's a cornerback to do when the constant challenges can differ from game to game, or sometimes down to down?
"It all comes down to technique," Byndom said. "You're going to be facing so many guys with great talent, either the same or better than yours, and they're going to be bigger than you or smaller than you. There are so many types in the Big 12.
"But it's about who has better technique because smaller cornerbacks can beat big receivers and slower cornerbacks can beat fast receivers as long as they have good technique."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blog.dailymail.com/wvu.