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


Florida will be without one of its top offensive playmakers, wide receiver/kick returner Antonio Callaway, and six other players as it faces MI for its 2017 season opener in Arlington, Texas.

The players were suspended for misusing school-issued funds, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Read Optional's Trey Wallace first reported the news. He was ultimately found not responsible, even though the handling of the case hit a grey area since the proceeding judge was a booster for the Florida athletics program. He was cited for marijuana possession in May, but this suspension is for an unrelated incident.

Defensive end Keivonnis Davis, defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, linebacker James Houston, linebacker Ventrell Miller, defensive lineman Jordan Smith and offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort also won't play September 2 against the Wolverines in Arlington, Texas. 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.

Davis, the next biggest contributor of the bunch, appeared in all 13 games and started five last season. His 5 quarterback hurries last season tied for second on the team. He is arguably Florida's top returning playmaker as he's been the team's leading receiver in each of the past two seasons.

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Houston, Telfort and Miller are all true freshmen, with Telfort being a Booker T. Washington High alum and Houston hailing from American Heritage-Plantation.

Desir-Jones say playing time in two games last season on the offensive line, bu switched to defensive line this season. "I think one thing I've seen him do is really learn to trust, number one".

Of the seven suspended players, Callaway is the lone starter. Miller, Houston and Smith are first-year defenders.