Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Jim McElwain stays mum on Antonio Callaway's status for Michigan

Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway makes a catch at Jesuit High School in Tampa on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, as the Gators practiced for the Outback Bowl against Iowa. (CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times)

Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway makes a catch at Jesuit High School in Tampa on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, as the Gators practiced for the Outback Bowl against Iowa. (CHARLIE KAIJO | Times)

HOOVER, Ala. — Gators coach Jim McElwain said little Tuesday about the status of wide receiver Antonio Callaway for the season opener against Michigan. The question remains whether Callaway will face a possible marijuana-related suspension.

Callaway was cited on a complaint of marijuana possession back in May, according to an Alachua County court record. Before that, Callaway was suspended last spring during a sexual assault allegation for which he was ultimately found not responsible. During a hearing for that case, Callaway said he was high on marijuana at the time of the incident.

The University of Florida's marijuana policy calls for a suspension for two failed drug tests, but, technically, that doesn't apply to Callaway because he didn't fail any tests (as far as is publicly known).

During a media scrum at SEC media days with a small group of journalists who cover the Gators, McElwain was twice asked about Callaway's status for Michigan, but offered little, other than to say, "He's going through some things right now, and so far he has been doing a good job."

A junior from Miami, Callaway is one of the Gators' most explosive offensive weapons. Last season, he caught 54 passes for 721 yards and three touchdowns.

Jim McElwain stays mum on Antonio Callaway's status for Michigan 07/11/17 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 2:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Pen makes it way too interesting as Rays hang on for 9-6 win

    Blogs

    A couple of home runs provided the news pegs of the night for the Rays, but it was more topical to talk about what nearly happened as they hung on for a 9-6 win over the Orioles.

    Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season, as well as his …

  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Jake Odorizzi admitted he probably should have gone on the DL sooner than late July for the back stiffness that was keeping him from throwing the ball where he wanted to. He has since found an impressive groove, with another strong outing Saturday.

  3. Matt Baker's takeaways from Florida State-N.C. State

    College

    RB Cam Akers still looks like a former high school quarterback at times. His first two touches (30 yards) were special, but the freshman juked instead of powering ahead on his third (an unsuccessful third-and-1 rush). That's why the Seminoles are easing him in, as they did with Dalvin Cook three years ago.

    Running back Cam Akers carries for a first down during the third quarter as FSU eases the freshman into the college game.
  4. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.
  5. Lightning confused by NHL's slashing crackdown

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — D Victor Hedman said the joke in the Lightning locker room before Friday's exhibition game was that the over/under on slashing penalties would be six.

    "It was the over again," Hedman quipped.

    Wing Ryan Callahan, left,  pursues the Predators’ Colton Sissons, being careful how he uses his stick given the crackdown on slashing in the preseason. “It’s hard to defend when you’re so used to doing something for so long and now it’s a penalty,” Callahan says.