Seven Florida players suspended from opener
Written by Matt Pargoff   


Michigan’s season opening opponent will be a few players short when the two face off with Florida announcing on Sunday the suspension of seven players. The most significant losses in the group are a pair of contributing juniors, wide receiver Antonio Callaway and defensive end Keivonnis Davis.

“We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing,” said Florida head coach in a released 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.”

Callaway started 11 games last season, leading the Gators with 54 receptions for 721 and three touchdowns. He was a rare bright spot in Florida’s showing against Michigan in the 2016 Citrus Bowl, pulling in five catches for 75 yards.

Davis was also a regular contributor last fall, playing in all 13 games and starting five. He made 27 tackles including three for a loss.

The rest of the suspended players include freshman offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Smith, sophomore defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, freshman linebacker Ventrell Miller and freshman linebacker James Houston.

Citing an unnamed source, the Associated Press reported that the suspension stemmed from “misusing school-issued funds.”

The matchup between Florida and Michigan will be played on Saturday, Sept. 2, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 3:30 p.m. ET with television coverage provided by ABC.


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