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There will be Florida Gators missing from the field on Saturday, Sept. 3 against the UMass Minutemen, but sophomore wide receiver Antonio Callaway won’t be one of them.
Head coach Jim McElwain announced Monday that Callaway “should be good to go” for the game, meaning that he has not received a team suspension despite offseason allegations of sexual assault and an admission on the record of marijuana usage.
The decision should understandably come with some scrutiny, particularly considering the way the University of Florida handled the end of Callaway’s student conduct hearing by assigning a season ticket holder and former student-athletes as the hearing officer.
While Callaway will be on the field Saturday, freshmen wideouts Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells will not. The duo is suspended for the first game while waiting for the state to decide on charges following a BB gun incident that had the players arrested on a pair of felonies.
McElwain also said another player, an unnamed “senior who made some choices” would be suspended for the opener. He was not pressed by the media in attendance to identify that player.
It was previously announced that junior cornerback Jalen Tabor and redshirt sophomore tight end C’yontai Lewis would be suspended for the UMass game after getting into a “nasty fight” during practice. The two were suspended for one week of camp and returned to the field last Thursday.
That makes five players (four announced) suspended for the game, plus injuries.