Cortez McDowell

The Vols' lost the most starts due to injury during the 2016 season. Now just 3 games into the 2017 season and they've already surpassed last year's total.

The injuries just keep piling up for the Vols, as another starter on defense reportedly could be out for a long period of time due to injury.

Vols' head coach Butch Jones and select players, including both QBs fighting for the starting job, spoke to the media after practice on Saturday.

Injuries and tough matchups will force several Vols to step up in College Station on Saturday afternoon.

Linebacker Cortez McDowell is following a similar path as mentor Jalen Reeves-Maybin. Both JRM and Butch Jones are encouraged by his progress.

If all goes as planned, the Vols will have an opportunity to get more players playing time against the Mocs on Saturday. Here are five players to watch.