Florida's Spikes suspended for gouging eyes

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida coach Urban Meyer has suspended
Brandon Spikes for the first half of Saturday's game against
Vanderbilt after the star linebacker attempted to gouge the eyes of
Georgia running back Washaun Ealey in a 41-17 victory.

Meyer says Spikes was retaliating after getting his eye poked
earlier in the game.

Spikes is fourth on the team with 42 tackles and has three

He decided to return for his senior season instead of entering
the NFL draft. The team's defensive captain has missed most of two
games this season with an injured groin. He played only a series
against Arkansas and sat out the entire game at Mississippi State
on Oct. 24.