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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Steltz ready for rematch with Tebow

By Jeff Dickerson

Craig Steltz
Bears safety Craig Steltz knows what it's like to lose to -- and to beat -- Tim Tebow, dating back to their college days.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears safety Craig Steltz shares a history with Denver quarterback Tim Tebow that dates back to the Fall of 2006.

Tebow, then a freshman at the University of Florida, turned in the best performance of his young collegiate career when he accounted for three touchdowns in a 23-10 victory over Steltz's LSU Tigers. The quarterback ran for a score and passed for two others, including a 35-yard touchdown completion to receiver Louis Murphy.

"I think what happened the time he beat us was that guys were running free down the field," Steltz said. "We had a couple instances of busted coverage and guys not reading their keys. It was big plays, that's what did it to us. You have to limit the big plays. He can hit those big plays if they present themselves."

But Steltz, a 2007 first-team All American, got the last laugh against Tebow the following year when he tallied a career-best 16 tackles in a 28-24 Tiger's win.

Fast forward four years and the two are set to square off Sunday as Steltz is expected to start at strong safety in place of the injured Major Wright. Steltz came off the bench last week versus Kansas City and recorded a season-high nine tackles and one forced fumble.

"He does a really good job running the offense in Denver," Steltz said. "When he runs, he doesn't like to run out of bounds, and he can certainly make plays. We just have to stay disciplined and read our keys. Everybody has to know his assignment on every single play. But this is a smart, veteran group that does a good job with the fundamentals. We need to pay attention to detail and be in the right spot and the right time.'

"He's a tremendous player. It's going to be a huge test for us."