Seven Florida Gators suspended

The Florida Gators suspended seven players for the opening game against Michigan.

James Houston, Kadeem Telfort, Keivonnis Davis, Antonio Callaway, Jordan Smith, Richerd Desir-Jones, and Ventrell Miller are the players that were suspended for an undisclosed reason on Sunday afternoon.
“We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing. Action has been taken – they have missed some practice and will miss the Michigan game. We will use this as a learning opportunity and we will have some players step up as we move forward.”

This is far from Callaway’s first off the field incident. The junior from Miami was already facing internal discipline stemming from a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge Callaway was also the subject of a Title IX investigation stemming from sexual assault allegations. Callaway is the Gators’ leading returning receiver (54 receptions, 721 yards, 3 TD) from last season and the only starting player that was suspended.

The group includes two freshmen linebackers, Houston and Miller. Both are competing for playing time this season but not expected to start. Another freshman, Telfort, has been running with the second team at left tackle this fall.

Defensive linemen, Smith and Desir-Jones, are mainly special teams players but Davis is expected to be in the rotation this season at defensive end. He recorded 27 tackles, three for a loss, had 1.5 sacks and forced a fumble in 2016.

Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC