Florida football suspended seven players for the 2017 season opener against Michigan, the program announced Sunday.
Linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller; defensive linemen Keivonnis Davis, Richerd Desir-Jones and Jordan Smith; offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort, and wide receiver Antonio Callaway were suspended for “violating team rules.”
“We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing,” Florida coach Jim McElwain said in a statement. “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 the biggest name and lone starter of the group. He has 1,399 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns in two seasons in Gainesville. Earlier in the offseason, McElwain said he did not think Callaway would be suspended for the season opener after he was cited for marijuana possession in May.
According to 247Sports, the players were suspended for misusing school funds.
Some of the players involved used the funds from part of their scholarship agreement to buy electronics equipment, then later reported the cards stolen. Some players sold the electronics equipment purchased with the school-issued funds.
Sources informed GatorBait.net that the purchases have been either returned or the school funds used will be paid back by the athletes.
The Gators and Wolverines will meet at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 2.