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FSU fullback Surratt pleads no contest to misdemeanor

Florida State senior fullback Joe Surratt, who was facing a felony charge after his arrest in September, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor Tuesday morning to pave the way for his return to the team.

Surratt, 22, pleaded out to resisting an officer without violence stemming from an incident outside a Tallahassee nightclub that also involved NFL-bound teammate Geno Hayes. An adjudication of guilt was withheld. Most important, the state attorney's office dropped the felony charge of battery on an officer.

Surratt also must complete 45 days in the Leon County work program and 50 hours of community service (such as talking to schools), submit to random alcohol checks and pay court costs and fines of $195.

Florida: Redshirt senior offensive tackle Phil Trautwein will miss part of spring drills after surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle. Trautwein, who had surgery Feb. 25, is on crutches and in a boot and is not expected to be available for the start of practice March 19. He has not, however, been ruled out for all of spring drills.

PRACTICE CANCELED: USF's first spring practice was canceled because of rain. The Bulls will try again today at 4.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Coach Steve Spurrier says defensive back Carlos Thomas has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. Running back Mike Davis was suspended for one game for missing too many classes.

PENN STATE: Suspended defensive tackle Phil Taylor was charged Monday with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor simple assault and disorderly conduct. University police said Taylor and former players Chris Baker and Navorro Bowman beat up a man during a dance in October. Baker and Bowman already have been charged. … Tight end Andrew Quarless has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.

BASEBALL: Buster Posey drove in three runs and scored another as undefeated Florida State beat visiting UNC-Asheville 11-4. … Avery Barnes and Matt den Dekker each scored three runs to lead host Florida to a 15-3 win over Campbell. … USF fell 5-4 to visiting Florida Gulf Coast.

TENNIS: USF's men's team moved up 21 spots to No. 34 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's rankings.

Times staff writer Antonya English, wires contributed to this report.

FSU fullback Surratt pleads no contest to misdemeanor 03/05/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 5, 2008 3:40pm]
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