Florida's Antonio Callaway 'absolutely' running out of chances, Jim McElwain says

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 16, 2017

UF coach Jim McElwain revealed Monday that the seven - wide receiver Antonio Callaway, defensive end Keivonnis Davis, defensive end Jordan Smith, outside linebacker James Houston, offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort, defensive tackle Richerd Desir-Jones and linebacker Ventrell Miller - have been suspended from all team activities, and there is a chance their suspensions could be for more than just the September 2 opener if certain demands aren't met. I'll continue to support.

Callaway and six teammates were suspended Sunday from team activities and the high-profile opener September 2 against MI at the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium, marking the junior wideout's third off-the-field stumble - and second in three months - as McElwain enters his third season as Gators coach. Keivonnis Davis, Richerd Desir-Jones, James Houston, Ventrell Miller, Jordan Smith and Kadeem Telfort also were suspended for their roles in the scheme. Callaway pleaded no contest to possession of drug paraphernalia last month and was fined $301.

Columnist Mike Bianchi wrote in the Sentinel: "Just once wouldn't you like to hear Jim McElwain say: 'My offense stinks, OK, and Antonio Callaway is, by far, the best offensive player on my roster". "Guys that made choices, and then what do you do?" "Yet I'm sure he's not the only that's done that, and yet it's my responsibility to keep teaching". He was suspended after being accused of sexual assault in January 2016 but was found not responsible of breaking the university's code of conduct.

There's little doubt that Callaway's talent has kept him on the team through all his troubles.

On the field, Callaway has been a strong contributor, compiling 1,399 receiving yards and 7 receiving touchdowns over his first two seasons with the Gators.

McElwain said Callaway was internally disciplined following the marijuana citation this spring and now has been publicly punished, albeit it only for one game.

McElwain defended the suspensions as significant.

"It's interesting when you think about even my disappointment. and yet it's guys that made choices and what do you do? You take something away that really means something to them", McElwain said. In this case, their ability not to be around the team.

"Those are things that hurt. I think that is an important lesson".

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