Antonio Callaway one of seven Florida players suspended for opener

Antonio Callaway one of seven Florida players suspended for opener

The Florida Gators will be shorthanded when they open their 2017 season against MI.

The University of Florida announced Sunday it has suspended seven players from its football team for the September 2 game against No. 9 MI, including top wide receiver Antonio Callaway.

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.

Of the players suspended, Callaway's absence will be felt the most. They have missed some practice and will miss the MI game.

Callaway would have presented a tough matchup for Michigan's reshaped secondary, which lost every starter from last season.

"We will use this as a learning opportunity and we will have some players step up as we move forward", the coach said.

This is not the first off-field trouble for Callaway.

Callaway was suspended from the football team in April 2016 amid allegations of sexual battery. According to the Tampa Bay Times, a second Title IX investigation by the federal government has been opened and it appears to be releated to Callaway's case at the school. Miller, Houston, and Smith are freshman, but Davis earned five starts last season.

The game between Florida and MI will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.