Florida suspends 7 players for MI game

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The Florida Gators will be shorthanded when they open their 2017 season against MI.

Florida has suspended seven players for its season opener against MI on September 2 (3:30 ET on ABC), including its top playmaker, wide receiver Antonio Callaway.

"We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing", said head coach Jim McElwain in a statement.

The other players suspended were linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller, offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort and defensive linemen Keivonnis Davis, Jordan Smith and Richerd Desir-Jones. Action has been taken - they have missed some practice and will miss the MI game.

It's unclear at this point why the seven players were suspended, but Callaway went unpunished in May following a police citation for marijuana possession. In two seasons, the junior from Miami has 89 catches for 1,399 yards and 11 touchdowns.


Callaway would have presented a tough matchup for Michigan's reshaped secondary, which lost every starter from last season.

This is not the first off-field trouble for Callaway. He was accused of sexual battery of a woman but was cleared in a Title IX investigation.

The Wolverines and Gators are set to meet September 2 at AT&T Stadium in the 2017 Advocare Classic.

The suspended players will hope to be able to return for the team's second game, which comes against Northern Colorado on September 9.

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