Last year was a big improvement over your first season at UCLA. How do you keep the momentum going?
RN: We've got to be an efficient football team. By that I mean we need to win the turnover battle and play well in the kicking game. We have two kickers—Jeff Locke as our kickoff guy and punter, and Kai Forbath as our placekicker—who are fantastic weapons.
SI: IS THIS THE SEASON THAT UCLA BECOMES A FORCE IN THE PAC-10?
RN: WE'RE READY. NOW, BEING READY AND GETTING IT DONE ARE DIFFERENT THINGS; IT'LL TAKE A HUGE EFFORT. BUT I WILL BE DISAPPOINTED IF WE'RE NOT.
What has the team's attitude been like as the season approaches?
RN: Fantastic. Practice has been great—everybody showing up and doing what they can. Our kids understand the big challenge ahead of us, especially in September. Our nonconference schedule has us playing three very good teams.
Free safety Rahim Moore is generating a lot of talk. What's his role on the team?
RN: He's done a nice job as a leader. He's got a big-time gregarious personality. He's a fun lover, and guys gravitate toward him. And as a player he's got great instincts, too. He had 10 interceptions [best in the nation] and had a chance for two or three others. He's a ball hawk, and his game's only getting better.