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

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Within an hour of Florida's announcement that the Gators suspended seven players for its season opener against MI at 3:30 p.m. ET on September 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the Wolverines went from being a favorite to a heavier favorite.

Linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller, offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort, defensive end Keivonnis Davis, defensive linemen Jordan Smith and Richerd Desir-Jones, and offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort are the other six players who were dealt the one-game punishment.

And this isn't the first time he's been in trouble.

In May, Callaway was cited for a marijuana charge.

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. He pleaded no contest to possession of paraphernalia and accepted a fine. The defensive line depth will be the thing hurt most by the suspensions, outside of losing their best receiver. His 5 quarterback hurries last season tied for second on the team. Telfort, a true freshman, has been considered a potential contributor. "I think one thing I've seen him do is really learn to trust, number one". And it's really seemed to elevate his game as far as knowing what the look is and now knowing what the assignment is.

According to Sports Illustrated, only two of the seven total players suspended against MI was likely to actually start in that game.

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

Speaking Aug. 3 at the team's media day, McElwain did not anticipate anyone would miss the season opener. He's also a threat on special teams as well.



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