Florida suspends 7 players for season opener vs. MI

Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway right runs past South Carolina linebacker Bryson Allen Williams after a reception during the first half

Florida suspends 7 players for season opener vs. MI

The University of Florida announced Sunday it has suspended seven players from its football team for the September 2 game against No. 9 MI, including top wide receiver Antonio Callaway.

The other players that are suspended for the first game are: freshman left tackle Kadeem Telfort, redshirt freshman defensive end Jordan Smith, redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Richerd Desir-Jones, and two freshmen linebackers in Ventrell Miller and James Houston. 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", coach Jim McElwain said in a statement.

Florida did not announce a reason for the suspensions, though the players were allegedly misusing funds provided to them by the school as part of their scholarships, according to Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports.

Among those suspended is wide receiver Antonio Callaway, the Gators most risky offensive player.

The Florida Gators will be without possibly their best player in their huge season opener against the Michigan Wolverines.

Of the seven suspended players, Callaway is the lone starter. In May, Callaway was cited for marijuana possession, but he was not suspended from the team. In two seasons, the junior from Miami has 89 catches for 1,399 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Callaway previously admitted to smoking marijuana on the night of his alleged sexual assault of a woman as part of a student conduct code hearing that ultimately found him not responsible for sexual assault.

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