Florida suspends WR Antonio Callaway, 6 others for season opener vs. MI


Florida has suspended seven players, including top offensive playmaker Antonio Callaway, for the season opener against MI, head coach Jim McElwain announced on Sunday.

"We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing", said head coach Jim McElwain in a statement.

The biggest blow here is obviously the loss of Callaway, who is one of Florida's most unsafe weapons on offense, accounting for 721 yards and three touchdowns, along with 218 yards returned.

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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. In two seasons, the junior from Miami has 89 catches for 1,399 yards and 11 touchdowns. Action has been taken - they have missed some practice and will miss the MI game.

The 20-year-old is in his third season with Florida and has developed into one of the team's top players. He was also the Gators' primary punt returner. The players bought electronics with funds meant to be used for school - a practice not uncommon among student-athletes - but then allegedly sold these electronics and told UF their cards had been stolen or lost. He was found to be not responsible by the school and returned to the team in August. The amount of the purchases is not known, nor is the length of the suspensions.

Callaway has had trouble with suspensions since he first joined the Gators three seasons ago. GatorCountry.com listed a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge and an investigation into a sexual assault allegation among previous transgressions.