Antonio Callaway, 6 other Gators suspended for MI game

Florida Suspends Antonio Callaway, Six Others For Season Opener vs. Michigan

One of the premiere games on that Saturday, September 2 will be a Texas-sized showdown in Arlington between the Michigan Wolverines and the Florida Gators.

LB James Houston, OL Kadeem Telfort, DE Keivonnis Davis, WR Antonio Callaway, DL Jordan Smith, DL Richerd Desir-Jones, and LB Ventrell Miller were all announced as suspended Sunday afternoon.

"We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing", McElwain said. "Action has been taken-they have missed some practice and will miss the MI game".

"We will use this as a learning opportunity and we will have some players step up as we move forward", the coach said.

Callaway, a junior from Miami, has had multiple issues at Florida, but this will be his first suspension for a game. Despite the citation, coach Jim McElwain had said at media day that all players were on track to play against MI. Last season, Callaway was the Gators' leader in receptions, yards, and touchdowns.

He is also the team's top returner with his ability to make an impact on both punts and kickoffs. He was cited for marijuana possession in May, but this suspension is for an unrelated incident.

He admitted last August during a Title IX hearing at UF he was high on marijuana during an alleged sexual assault in January 2016.

Desir-Jones say playing time in two games last season on the offensive line, bu switched to defensive line this season.

Of the seven suspended players, Callaway is the lone starter. Of the other players suspended, Davis has started five games and the rest are reserves.

Losing the two linebackers in Miller and Houston hurts a Florida linebacker corps that does not have an upperclassman on scholarship.

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