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Antonio Callaway cleared to play in Gators' season opener

Florida head coach Jim McElwain announced Monday that sophomore receiver Antonio Callaway is eligible to play in the Gators' season opener Saturday in Gainesville against UMass.

Antonio Callaway was suspended from being on campus or participating with the team in any manner for the entire spring due to an incident that happened in December of 2015. He was reinstated in school in mid-June but hus status has been up in the air until Monday.

Two weeks ago Friday, Callaway had a hearing on campus with a student committee that ended with him being absolved of wrongdoing from the incident. The accuser and counsel did not show for the meeting in protest, but the staff and Callaway had to wait 10 business days for any possible appeal of the ruling.  The 10th day was Friday August 26.

Callaway was far and away the player with the most impact on an offense that needed much more a year ago. He earned freshman All-American status in 2015 and has received some All-American consideration in year two.

Florida will field an almost all-new offensive unit in terms of skill positions and Callaway looks to help stabilize what will be a pretty youg and inxperienced, but much more talented group.

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