Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UF's Graham May Sue FSU's Dockett Spurrier: DT Stomped on Grossman's Hand

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UF's Graham May Sue FSU's Dockett Spurrier: DT Stomped on Grossman's Hand

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Byline: Michael DiRocco, Times-Union sports writer

As University of Florida running back Earnest Graham announced he's considering a lawsuit against a Florida State player who he alleges twisted his knee hard enough to cause a severe sprain, Gators coach Steve Spurrier accused the same player of trying to stomp on quarterback Rex Grossman's hand.

Graham, who will miss three-to-five weeks with a sprained right knee, has not been at practice this week, but he released a statement through the school yesterday accusing FSU defensive tackle Darnell Dockett of intentionally injuring him in the third quarter of UF's 37-13 victory Saturday.

"I got tackled on the play. That was perfectly OK," Graham said in the statement. "There were two guys on top of me and I felt them against my body and then I felt someone tugging on my leg. He kept twisting, harder, harder and harder until I felt it rip and then pop. I heard some moaning and groaning from the guy doing it. That was what happened. That's the way those guys play. I'm definitely looking into a lawsuit. They need to learn you can't play dirty and get away with it."

Dockett and FSU coach Bobby Bowden have denied the charges.

"It was nothing intentional," Dockett said. "You can look at the film. It was an aggressive tackle. I pulled him down. I heard him making noise. I didn't intentionally pull his leg or anything. I grabbed his leg tight.

"I didn't try to hurt the guy. I just didn't appreciate how Steve Spurrier called my name like that. For that comment by Steve Spurrier just to call my name out, it just seems like, to me, that he's whining over something that's nothing. He won the game. That should be good enough."

Said Bowden: "We think it was the lick that caused [Graham's injury]. We looked at TV copy and our copy [of the tape], and, to me, it's strictly an imagination."

Spurrier, though, doesn't believe Dockett's denial about Graham's injury, and he was even more incensed yesterday after he watched a tape of a play in which Spurrier alleges Dockett tried to stomp on Grossman's hand after Grossman went out of bounds in the first half. …

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