Florida suspends Callaway, 6 others for opener vs Michigan

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has suspended troubled receiver Antonio Callaway and six others for the team’s season opener against Michigan.

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the players were suspended for misusing school-issued funds. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Sunday because Florida did not release details of the suspensions.

Callaway, defensive end Keivonnis Davis, defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, linebacker James Houston, linebacker Ventrell Miller, defensive lineman Jordan Smith and offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort won’t be allowed to play Sept. 2 against the Wolverines in Arlington, Texas.

Coach Jim McElwain says: “We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing. Action has been taken: They have missed some practice and will miss the Michigan game. We will use this as a learning opportunity and we will have some players step up as we move forward.”

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Callaway among 7 Florida players suspended vs. Michigan

Florida will be massively short-handed for its blockbuster opener versus Michigan, as the school announced that seven players, including star receiver Antonio Callaway, will be suspended for the contest for violations of team rules.

James Houston, Kadeem Telfort, Keivonnis Davis, Jordan Smith, Richerd Desir-Jones, and Ventrell Miller are the players who will join Callaway on the sidelines.

“We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing,” head coach Jim McElwain said in a statement. “Action has been taken – they have missed some practice and will miss the Michigan game. We will use this as a learning opportunity and we will have some players step up as we move forward.”

It’s the latest off-field incident to plague Callaway, who was suspended from team activities during the spring semester in 2016 following a sexual assault allegation. He was eventually found not responsible and played in 12 games last season, posting 721 receiving yards on 54 catches.

Davis is likely the only other player among the seven that would have contributed against the Wolverines, as he started five games in 2016 and registered five tackles in the SEC title game.

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Antonio Callaway Among 7 Florida Players Suspended vs. Michigan

The Florida Gators will be shorthanded when they open their 2017 season against Michigan.

Per Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, the football team has suspended seven players for the upcoming game, including receiver Antonio Callaway.

In addition to Callaway, Keivonnis Davis, Kadeem Telfort, Jordan Smith, Richerd Desir-Jones, Ventrell Miller and James Houston are also suspended due to a violation of team rules.

The two powerhouse programs are set to battle Sept. 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

“We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing,” head coach Jim McElwain said in a statement, per Jill Martin of CNN. “Action has been taken—they have missed some practice and will miss the Michigan game. We will use this as a learning opportunity and we will have some players step up as we move forward.”

While Davis was expected to make an impact along the defensive line, Callaway is easily the biggest name on the list. The junior led the Gators with 54 catches and 721 receiving yards last season while adding four touchdowns from scrimmage.

He is also the team’s top returner with his ability to make an impact on both punts and kickoffs.

Callaway has dealt with off-field problems in the past, including a citation for marijuana possession in May. 

The suspended players will hope to be able to return for the team’s second game, which comes against Northern Colorado on Sept. 9.

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