Rick Russo’s recap of Vols and Niners

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)— If practice makes perfect, well, the Tennessee offense still has a long way to go.

My instant takes from UT’s performance probably falls in line with what most of Vol Nation is thinking.

Defensively, an inspired effort, especially after getting gashed by South Carolina last Saturday in Columbia.

Meanwhile, an offense, which showed some life against the Gamecocks, maintaining time consuming drives, could barely muster any production against the 49ers.

1. The Vols looked sloppy at times. Penalties and poor play up front is not what you want out of your team in game number nine and on homecoming no less.

2. Play selection left a lot to be desired. The Vols seemed to mix it up more in that department against South Carolina. Charlotte appeared to have Tennessee’s number throughout the afternoon.

3. And finally is what I call a lack of killer instinct. Aided by a special teams score, you jump out to a 14-0 lead. It’s time to put the pedal to the medal. Go for the jugular, but maybe this Tennessee team needs to learn to stop beating itself before being able to put away opponents, even opponents like the Charlotte 49ers. One offensive touchdown is unacceptable.

Yes, practice helps, or at least it should more than halfway through the season. The goal of making a Bowl game is still insight, but the Vols are squinting right now with the need to focus at a premium with three key SEC games remaining.

That stretch begins with a wounded Kentucky team coming into Neyland with hopes of an SEC East title dashed by the Bulldogs on Saturday.