Several Florida football players are dealing with internal punishment over the misuse of school funds, per sources with knowledge of the situation. "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.
It long seemed unlikely Callaway would be available for the Gators' marquee season opener against MI after another offseason of off-field issues.
Callaway previously admitted to smoking marijuana on the night of his alleged sexual assault of a woman as part of a student conduct code hearing that ultimately found him not responsible for sexual assault.
Callaway pleaded no contest last month to possession of drug paraphernalia and was fined $301.
However, Florida has a bounty of depth at the receiver position - highlighted by sophomore Tyrie Cleveland, junior Dre Massey and senior Brandon Powell in addition to a slew of underclassmen - who should be able to alleviate Callaway's absence. The other player that was likely to start that got suspended is junior defensive end Keivonnis Davis.
The No. 16-ranked Gators open the season against MI in the Advocare Classic on September 2 in Houston against No. 9 MI.
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Desir-Jones say playing time in two games last season on the offensive line, bu switched to defensive line this season.
Telfort was competing for a backup spot at offensive tackle and took first-team reps at points during the couple practices when starting left tackle Martez Ivey was out.
Of the seven suspended players, Callaway is the lone starter.
Speaking Aug. 3 at the team's media day, McElwain did not anticipate anyone would miss the season opener.
Losing the two linebackers in Miller and Houston hurts a Florida linebacker corps that does not have an upperclassman on scholarship.