Graham back to restore Gators ground game

Forget FSU-Florida or Miami-FSU, Miami-Florida was once the most heated rivalry in the state and it renews Saturday in the Swamp.For all the flash of the Gators' offense, if Earnest Graham and the running game isn't working, Florida will struggle.

Updated: September 19, 2002, 8:24 PM ET
By Bob Harig | Special to ESPN.com

For all the talk of Steve Spurrier's high flying offense, his Fun 'N Gun, his pitch-it-around-the-field personality, the former Florida coach knew the importance of the running game.

He might not admit it, perhaps to make you think even more about the passing game, but the ol' Ball Coach almost always had a 1,000-yard rusher during his 12-year tenure with the Gators, certainly one capable of keeping defenses honest.

Not coincidentally, in the final two defeats of his collegiate ...

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