The college football season is days away but trouble has arrived in Gainesville with the suspension of seven Florida Gators suspended for the opener. With Florida not playing a cream puff in the opener, losing seven players in the opener suddenly makes Florida an underdog against Michigan.
The seven players include starting wide receiver Antonio Callaway. Callaway is an excellent wide receiver that has returned kicks and carried the football from the running back spot.
Jim McElwain made it clear in a statement that the group of players have not act responsibly,
“We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing. 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 is talented but he has had numerous off-the-field issues at Florida, including a marijuana citation at the beginning of the summer.
The other six players suspended include five that come from the defensive side of the ball. The list includes defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis, defensive lineman Jordan Davis, defensive lineman Richard Desir-Jones, linebacker James Houston, linebacker Ventrell Miller and offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort.
The number of players could have an impact on the defensive side of the ball, but losing Callaway for a game on the offensive side of the ball could determine the outcome of the Michigan game.
The University of Florida did not give a reason for the suspensions but with the Michigan game only days away, Florida fans are going to be concerned that the Gators top big-play threat is suspended. If a silver lining exists to the suspensions, it’s that they came with plenty of time to game plan for the first game of the season. The question for the Gators is whether this will become a trend this season.