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Antonio Callaway one of seven players suspended for UF's opener

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Kristopher Love | 14 August, 2017, 02:41

Florida will be without star receiver Antonio Callaway and six other players when it opens the season against MI on September 2. The Read Optional's Trey Wallace first reported the news.

Callaway, a junior from Miami, has had multiple issues at Florida, but this will be his first suspension for a game. He received a misdemeanor marijuana citation in May and admitted during a Title IX hearing a year ago that he was under the influence of marijuana during an alleged sexual assault. Goldkamp further reports "that the purchases have been either returned or the school funds used will be paid back by the athletes".

Callaway pleaded no contest last month to possession of drug paraphernalia and was fined $301.

The others are offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort, linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller and defensive linemen Jordan Smith, Richerd Desir-Jones and Keivonnis Davis. It was the first off-the-field offense for each player since joining the team. The defensive line depth will be the thing hurt most by the suspensions, outside of losing their best receiver. Here's a closer look at how these six suspensions impact their respective positions. His 5 quarterback hurries last season tied for second on the team.

The two teams will meet September 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Telfort, a true freshman, has been considered a potential contributor.

Being without Callaway could be big since he's the team's top offensive playmaker. "That's good to see".

Of the seven suspended players, Callaway is the lone starter.

It is unclear what punishment the players received, though some players have missed practice time.

Should an injury occur to any of Florida's four primary linebackers - Vosean Joseph, David Reese, Kylan Johnson or Jeremiah Moon - the Gators would have to turn to redshirt senior walk-on Cristian Garcia, special teams player Rayshad Jackson or true freshman Lacedrick Brunson.