The University of Florida has suspended seven of its players, including wide receiver Antonio Callaway, for its season opener against the University of Michigan on Sept. 2, according to an official release from the school (via Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated).
“We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing,” said head coach Jim McElwain in a statement. “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.”
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.
Callaway is certainly the big name here, however.
The 20-year-old is in his third season with Florida and has developed into one of the team’s top players.
Last year, Callaway caught 54 passes for 721 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, he scored a rushing touchdown and returned a kickoff for a score.
During his freshman campaign, the 5-foot-11, 197-pounder registered 35 receptions for 678 yards and four touchdowns while also tacking on two punt return scores and even a passing touchdown.
The Gators went 9-4 last season and defeated Iowa, 30-3, in the Outback Bowl.
Since 1991, Florida has made it to a bowl game in every season save 2013, when it went 4-8. That marked the first time the Gators did not post a winning record since 1979.
The Gators have won eight of their last 11 bowl games dating back to 2006.