Florida suspends 7 players for MI game


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.