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Spurrier confirms suspension

Florida running back Fred Taylor will be suspended for the first four games of the season, coach Steve Spurrier confirmed Wednesday.

The suspension, handed down by the student judicial committee, includes the key Sept. 21 Tennessee game.

Taylor, a junior, was charged with petty theft last month for accepting a stolen book bag.

"There are all kinds of categories of messing up, there are violent acts and there are stupid acts," Spurrier said. "Mostly, Fred's fall into the stupid category. You have to judge exactly what happened."

Also suspended for an indefinite amount of time are freshman cornerback Dock Pollard, from Bradenton, and sophomore offensive lineman Pat Browning of Jesuit High in Tampa. Spurrier would not comment on their infractions, but said both were involved in separate incidents.

Taylor, a junior who led the team in rushing as a freshman but missed much of last season because of a knee injury, has been in trouble before.

In September, he was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and received deferred prosecution from the state attorney.

Taylor and teammates Reidel Anthony, Teako Brown and Jamie Richardson fraudulently charged $71.22 worth of pizza. The four entered a pretrial intervention program for first-time offenders and were suspended for the game against Ole Miss.