Charlie Strong coaches defense but he goes way back with Tim Tebow. The two were together at Florida when Urban Meyer’s Gators won the 2008 national championship and have reunited in Jacksonville as Meyer enters his first season with the Jaguars.

At a recent press conference, Strong was asked to share what he has seen from the quarterback-turned-tight end in Jags practices.

“When you look at teams and when you just look at just the following — because whenever you say Tim Tebow, you know that you’re going to have just a truly mass following from the media to even just fans out there, want to know how he’s doing, and I think that he’s done a very good job of just handling himself and just embracing it,” Strong told reporters. “And what you wonder a lot of times when you get a player like that who’s been away from it is, ‘How is he going to be accepted in the locker room?’ And I think the players have done just an unbelievable job of just taking him in.

“But he’s handled himself the right way, too. And not he’s one of those guys that just tries to push themselves on them. He just lets everything happen and he’s done a very good job of that. And then he comes out here to work and you watch him. … There’s nothing that you can ask him to do that he won’t do, because he’ll do anything that you ask him to do. But it’s been fun to watch, and I told him, ‘This is different from those Florida days when you lined up at quarterback.’ But it’s been fun, just watching his whole… just how he’s been working, how he’s been going about it.”

Strong’s assessment of Tebow’s approach comes as no surprise. Everyone will certainly be interested to see how Tebow looks on the field as a tight end this preseason.