MOBILE, Ala. — As he transitions from college superstar to NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow is having to deal with a lot of new stuff this week at the Senior Bowl. New coaches, new schemes, new teammates, new expectations.

But one thing has not changed for the popular Florida quarterback.

He’s still a rock star.

Even here, in the heart of Crimson Tide and War Eagle country, Tebow is revered and adored. Hundreds of fans, many of them wearing Alabama or Auburn (and even LSU) stuff have been gathering at the practice field to catch of glimpse of Tebow or cheer for him or ask for an autograph (something bowl officials are not allowing Tebow to do after practice).

This is something we’ve seen in Florida for the past four years, so it’s nothing new. But some of the media from different regions of the nation who are experiencing this phenomenon for the first time are taken aback by it.

“It’s amazing,” one writer said. “He really is a rock star. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s almost creepy.”

Some of the NFL coaches and scouts may have some doubts about where Tebow ranks as a potential NFL quarterback. That doesn’t seem to affect the way the fans are looking at Tebow. They love the guy.