Spikes lengthens his suspension to a full game

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

When's the last time you remember a player suspending himself, or better yet, making his suspension more severe than what was doled out by his coach? Spikes

Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes, already suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Vanderbilt, has decided to sit out for the entire game because he doesn't want to be a distraction for the rest of his team.

Spikes made the announcement Wednesday at practice in a brief statement to the media, and Florida coach Urban Meyer said he supports Spikes' decision.

Spikes had caught a lot of grief for his attempted eye gouge of a Georgia player last weekend, and Meyer took his share of heat when he suspended Spikes for only half a game.

Clearly, what Spikes did was inexcusable and reeks of dirty football. But anybody who's ever been around him or watched him play knows how important this team is to him, and it sounds like he's trying to do the right thing by his team.