Florida suspends 7 players for season opener against MI

On Sunday, the team chose to suspend all seven players involved: Junior star wide receiver Antonio Callaway is the biggest name of the group, which also includes junior defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis, redshirt sophomore DL Richerd Desir-Jones, redshirt freshman DL Jordan Smith, freshman linebacker James Houston IV, freshman LB Ventrell Miller and freshman offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort. Included among those players is leading wideout Antonio Callaway. Head coach Jim McElwain released the following statement, with little details on the reasoning behind the suspensions.

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.

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. In July, he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after police found marijuana in his pocket during a traffic stop. They have missed some practice and will miss the MI game. He was accused of sexual battery of a woman but was cleared in a Title IX investigation. Of the other players suspended, Davis has started five games and the rest are reserves.

This story will be updated.