Updated: November 2, 2009, 1:25 PM ET Spikes benched, tried to gouge Bulldog
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Urban Meyer has suspended Brandon Spikes for the first half of Saturday's game against Vanderbilt after the All-American linebacker attempted to gouge the eyes of Georgia running back Washaun Ealey in a 41-17 victory.
Mike Golic rips into Florida Gators linebacker Brandon Spikes, who appeared to attempt to gouge the eyes of a Georgia player during the game on Saturday. Golic calls it a "classless unsportsmanlike move."
Spikes was retaliating after getting his eye poked earlier in the game, Meyer said Monday. The Southeastern Conference said it will look at replays of the incident later in the day.
Spikes is fourth on the team with 42 tackles and has three sacks.
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.
A video from Saturday's broadcast shows Spikes shoving his hand into the top of Ealey's face mask at some point during the game. It appeared to be an attempt to gouge Ealey's eyes as the Georgia player lay at the bottom of a pileup after a play. A flag wasn't thrown on the play, which was captured clearly on CBS' national broadcast of the game.
The Gators are atop the BCS standings for a third straight week and No. 1 in both polls.
Spikes led Florida with a game-high 10 tackles as the Gators held the Bulldogs scoreless in the first and fourth quarters, bookends to a futile effort by quarterback Joe Cox, who finished with 165 yards passing, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Florida Gators linebacker Brandon Spikes suspended for first half - ESPN