The Florida football team has suspended seven players for its season-opener against Michigan on September 2. Among the suspended is Florida’s top playmaker, wide receiver Antonio Callaway. The reason for the suspension: Players made improper charges on their university student IDs at the school bookstore. The players used those IDs to sell items for cash, university officials confirmed on Sunday.
The others are offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort, linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller and defensive linemen Jordan Smith, Richerd Desir-Jones and Keivonnis Davis.
“We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing,” head coach Jim McElwain said in a statement, though he did not elaborate on the reason for their suspension. “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.”
Players are expected to either return the items or repay the bookstore for the items.
We will update this story as we get more information.
Florida is ranked No. 16 in the coaches’ preseason poll, while Michigan is ninth.