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.