The number one goal, now and in the past, is consistency.
"It's all about consistency," said Nix. "Consistency in taking advantage of every opportunity to be the best. Consistency in making every rep count. Consistency in being mentally prepared for every situation and to rise to the challenge.
"That's the same as it is every year. Your goals have to start there. Sure, we've got individual goals and goals for each unit, but the foundation of what we try to do is consistency. That has not changed and it never will be."
Nix said that trickles down to all the good habits that are developed on a team.
"If you have consistency in the way you practice and prepare, you will have consistency in the way you play and perform," he explained. "We feel like we have to be the hardest working, most consistent team in the country to achieve our performance goals and that's where we start."
Consistency and performance go hand-in-hand, Tyrone states.
"If you play three or four good plays and then give up an explosion play, that's not consistent," he continued. "If you go back and look at some games last year, the explosion plays were the difference in a couple of more wins.
"We'd rock along doing some great things and then we'd give up something big, something that sparked an offense. That's not consistency. You want an offense to have to earn everything they get. Last year, we gave up some plays due to mental breakdowns or a missed assignment. The more you make an offense work for what they get, the more good things happen on defense."
Nix's take on the 2010 defense, to this point, is cautiously optimistic.
"We feel good about some of the guys on the front seven, but we don't have things set in stone yet up front, despite what I have read," he chuckled. "I'm reading about how great we are supposed to be, yet we only had one player, as named by the coaches, in that group who was a preseason All-SEC choice - Jerrell Powe.
"Certainly I feel good about Powe, Kentrell Lockett, Lawon Scott, Ted Laurent and Jonathan Cornell, but there are some issues that have to be resolved, again going back to consistency.
"In the secondary, we have a bunch of inexperience. The only way to get it is to put them in the games and see how they respond with thousands of people in the stands and an opponent on the other side of the field that wants to win as badly as they do. What we will do in August is to prepare them mentally for every situation they will face and then we'll see how they respond."
The battle cry for the 2010 defense?
Consistency. . . .