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UF's Taylor not aware of suspension

If Florida tailback Fred Taylor has been handed a four-game suspension, it is news to him.

The Florida Times-Union reported in Tuesday's editions that Taylor was given a four-game suspension for his involvement in an April book-theft incident. Taylor said Tuesday night he had heard nothing about his status. The school will not comment.

The Times-Union, citing unnamed sources, said Taylor will be suspended through September (four games), with a possibility of his suspension being reduced to three games.

"If I were suspended it would be a relief, better than getting kicked out of school, which is something I've been worried about," Taylor said.

Taylor, who led the Gators with 873 rushing yards in 1994, missed most of last season with a knee injury but enters the fall in contention for a starting role.

The 6-foot, 219-pound junior from Belle Glade is facing a misdemeanor theft charge that alleges he knowingly accepted a stolen book bag in April from teammate Damian Hill, who has since been dismissed from the team.

If he is suspended for three games, Taylor would miss the opener, at home against Southwestern Louisiana on Aug.

31; a home game against Georgia Southern on Sept. 9; and a key SEC game at Tennessee on Sept. 21. Four games would include the Sept. 28 contest against Kentucky.