Florida suspends 7 players for season opener against MI

The two-time defending SEC East Champion Florida Gators start up the 2017 college football season on September 2 in Arlington, Texas with a tough opener to begin the campaign, that game being against Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines.

Florida has suspended seven players, including top offensive playmaker Antonio Callaway, for the season opener against MI, head coach Jim McElwain announced on Sunday. It's the first-ever regular season meeting between Florida and MI.

UF star receiver Antonio Callaway is among seven Gators suspended for the team's high-profile September 2 opener against MI for violating team rules.

Reasons for the suspensions handed down have not been formally announced, but sources are saying it has to do with "misuse of school-issued funds intended for specific use". "We will use this as a learning opportunity and we will have some players step up as we move forward", coach Jim McElwain said in a statement.

LB James Houston, OL Kadeem Telfort, DE Keivonnis Davis, WR Antonio Callaway, DL Jordan Smith, DL Richerd Desir-Jones, and LB Ventrell Miller were all announced as suspended Sunday afternoon.

Callaway will undoubtedly be the biggest subtraction against MI, as he looks to be the Gators' No. 1 receiver this season as well as the primary kick and punt returner.

But his talent has been overshadowed by his troubles. He was also investigated for a sexual assault and admitted he was high on marijuana when the assault took place, though he was later found not responsible.

Callaway was internally disciplined following the marijuana citation this spring. According to SEC Country's Ryan Young, Davis is expected to be a regular in the Florida defensive rotation, while Telfort is pushing for playing time.

In 11 games played a year ago, Davis notched 27 total tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.

Vanessa Coleman