Brett Hundley

Brett Hundley offers stability for UCLA at quarterback. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times / April 2, 2013)

Now that UCLA's football program has been fixed, what's next in Westwood?

Well, not so fast …

There was more than a little giddiness among Bruins fans a year ago. It only underscored how long the Bruins had spent in college football purgatory.

A 9-5 season and a Pac-12 South championship — one without an asterisk — was an achievement. It was a big step from 2011, when the Bruins were 6-8 and were allowed to call themselves South "champs" because first-place USC was on probation.

But Coach Jim Mora wasn't satisfied.

The season ended with a three-game losing streak. The Bruins were manhandled in two of the losses, including a 49-26 drubbing by Baylor in the Bridgepoint Holiday Bowl.

Mora saw the need for the roster to be deeper and the players stronger.

Still, there are grand expectations as UCLA opens training camp Thursday at Cal State San Bernardino.

The Bruins start the season ranked 21st in the USA Today coaches' poll, three spots ahead of USC. The last time UCLA was ranked ahead of the Trojans was 2001.

The Bruins are also the media's pick to repeat as Pac-12 South champions. The last time UCLA's football team was picked to win anything was 1998.

Quarterback Brett Hundley is on the radar for Heisman Trophy trackers. The only UCLA player to win the trophy was Gary Beban in 1967.

The Bruins are even on the board as a national champion contender — 65-1 at one Las Vegas casino.

First, here are the seven questions the Bruins must answer:

Can on-the-job training work in the secondary?

The old men in the secondary are sophomore safety Randall Goforth, who started five games last season, and sophomore cornerback Ishmael Adams, who played two games before undergoing shoulder surgery.

Junior cornerback Anthony Jefferson, who has battled injuries, could be a factor. Look for freshmen Priest Willis and John Johnson to get long looks.

At safety, more freshmen. Tahaan Goodman and Tyler Foreman will get a chance. Dietrich Riley's retirement forced some shuffling. Jayon Brown, a linebacker at Long Beach Poly High, will try safety and senior Stan McKay moved back to safety from linebacker.

Who can be special on special teams?

UCLA lost Jeff Locke, one of the top punters in the nation. Incoming freshman Sean Covington succeeds him.

More worrisome is the search to find a successor to long snapper Kevin McDermott. Christopher Longo weighs only 204 pounds. Late arrival Reed Bruce, a walk-on from Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial High, could be in the mix.