Florida said seven players have been suspended for the Gators' season-opening game vs. MI. The school did not state why the players are being suspended. Coach Jim McElwain has an already scheduled press conference for Monday at 12:15 p.m.
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. "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, a junior from Miami, has had multiple issues at Florida, but this will be his first suspension for a game. He had 1,399 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last season. He was suspended in 2016 but reinstated to the team after a Title IX investigation regarding an accusation of sexual assault. An NFL-caliber wideout, the junior has run into trouble several times with the Gators, most recently having been cited for marijuana possession in mid-May. Despite the citation, coach Jim McElwain had said at media day that all players were on track to play against MI.
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.