Star WR Antonio Callaway one of seven Gators suspended for MI opener

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The University of Florida football team announced on Sunday that seven of its players will be suspended for the September 2 game against MI for violating team rules.

The supended players are: Callaway, linebacker Ventrell Miller (Kathleen High School), linebacker James Houston, offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort, defensive end Keivonnis Davis, defensive lineman Jordan Smith and defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones.

It long seemed unlikely Callaway would be available for the Gators' marquee season opener against MI after another offseason of off-field issues. He was cited for marijuana possession in May, but this suspension is for an unrelated incident.

"We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing", Florida coach Jim McElwain said in a school release. Here's a closer look at how these six suspensions impact their respective positions. Of the other players suspended, Davis has started five games and the rest are reserves. His 5 quarterback hurries last season tied for second on the team.

Even Las Vegas took notice of the news coming out of the Florida football program on Sunday, and how it affects Michigan's season opener vs. the Gators.

Desir-Jones say playing time in two games last season on the offensive line, bu switched to defensive line this season.

Being without Callaway could be big since he's the team's top offensive playmaker. And it's really seemed to elevate his game as far as knowing what the look is and now knowing what the assignment is.

Speaking Aug. 3 at the team's media day, McElwain did not anticipate anyone would miss the season opener. The school did not state why the players are being suspended.

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

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