Florida loses Antonio Callaway, six others to suspensions for season opener

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The University of Florida football team announced on Sunday that seven of its players will be suspended for the September 2 game against MI for violating team rules.

Florida head coach Jim McElwain made the announcement Sunday in a statement.

Davis, a junior defensive end, attended Miami Central and Desir-Jones, a redshirt sophomore defensive tackle, attended St. Thomas Aquinas. They have missed some practice and will miss the MI game. "We will use this as a learning opportunity and we will have some players step up as we move forward".

The two teams will meet September 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Several Florida football players are dealing with internal punishment over the misuse of school funds, per sources with knowledge of the situation.

Callaway has dealt with off-field problems in the past, including a citation for marijuana possession in May. He received a misdemeanor marijuana citation in May and admitted during a Title IX hearing previous year that he was under the influence of marijuana during an alleged sexual assault.

During two seasons, Callaway has more catches (89), receiving yards (1,399) and total touchdowns (11) than any Florida receiver. He was found to be not responsible by the school and returned to the team in August. The other two suspended defensive linemen - Desir-Jones and Smith - had a chance to play on special teams. It wasn't guaranteed that either would receive extensive playing time beyond special teams - Miller is a summer enrollee and Houston is coming off a high school ACL injury - but having those couple extra bodies could have been beneficial. Davis has appeared in 17 games on the defensive line, including five starts last season. He's also a threat on special teams as well.

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