Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Byline: Michael DiRocco and David Fox, Times-Union sports writers

GRAHAM RETURNS FULL SPEED TO PRACTICE

Florida RB Earnest Graham practiced full speed with the Gators for the first time since injuring his knee against Florida State on Nov. 17.

The Gators' practice yesterday was their first in Miami in preparation for their Jan. 2 Orange Bowl matchup against Maryland.

Although Graham felt stiffness in his knee, he said he will be ready to play against the Terps.

"I did my rehab, did everything to get my strength back so I should be fine," Graham said yesterday following UF's practice at St. Thomas University. "I am not worried about it. It feels good to be out here running with the guys."

Graham -- UF's leading rusher with 650 yards -- practiced with a wrap on his knee but ran decently, coach Steve Spurrier said.

SPURRIER UNSURE OF BERLIN'S TRANSFER

Spurrier said yesterday that he still doesn't know what backup QB Brock Berlin plans to do regarding his potential transfer. Berlin's mother Nancy said earlier in the week that her son was leaning toward transferring to Miami.

"I still don't know what Brock wants to do," Spurrier said. "Obviously we should have redshirted him his first year. There's still a possibility he could redshirt next year. Who knows what's going to happen? Sometimes at practice, shoot, he throws it just as well as Rex.

"He's just trying to figure out what his best option is right now. It's going to be his call. I sort of think he ought to stay at Florida the next semester and see where everything falls out. You've got to sit out a year anyway wherever he goes, if he does go, and at the end of four, five months, who knows were everybody's going to be?"

Spurrier said he wants to get Berlin, who has thrown for 483 yards and nine touchdowns in mop-up duty this season, meaningful snaps against Maryland. "He just hasn't got a chance to play much. We're planning on letting him play some in this game," Spurrier said.

TOO MANY MISTAKES

The FedEx Orange Bowl staff should look into hiring a proofreader.

There were several glaring errors on handouts presented to the media, plus a pretty big error regarding Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen. …

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