Things just got easier for MI in its season opener.
Florida has suspended troubled receiver Antonio Callaway and six other players for the team's season opener against MI.
Callaway had 54 catches for 721 yards and three touchdowns in 2016.
Among those suspended is wide receiver Antonio Callaway, the Gators most risky offensive player. They have missed some practice and will miss the MI game.
The other Gators suspended are junior defensive end Keivonnis Davis, freshman offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jordan Smith, sophomore defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, freshman linebacker Ventrell Miller and freshman linebacker James Houston.
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"We will use this as a learning opportunity and we will have some players step up as we move forward", the coach said.
The biggest blow here is obviously the loss of Callaway, who is one of Florida's most risky weapons on offense, accounting for 721 yards and three touchdowns, along with 218 yards returned.
This is not the first off-field trouble for Callaway. He was suspended last spring amid sexual battery allegations. They were later dropped, and Callaway reinstated, following a school-sponsored Title IX investigation in which he told committee members he was "so stoned I had no interest in having sex with anyone".
The No. 16-ranked Gators open the season against MI in the Advocare Classic on September 2 in Houston against No. 9 MI.