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It sounds as if Florida Gators' Antonio Callaway will be eligible for Michigan game

Without saying his name, Jim McElwain suggested Antonio Callaway will be eligible for the Sept. 2 season opener against Michigan.

CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

Without saying his name, Jim McElwain suggested Antonio Callaway will be eligible for the Sept. 2 season opener against Michigan.

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GAINESVILLE - Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain didn't use the name "Antonio Callaway," and he left plenty of wiggle room in his remarks.

But McElwain suggested the Gators' top offensive skill player will be eligible for the Sept. 2 season opener against Michigan.

"I don't anticipate (anyone missing the opener), but there are still some requirements on everybody to see where we'll be at..." McElwain said during Wednesday's media day. "As of right now, all hands on deck."

Callaway has had two public marijuana-related incidents. The first came after he admitted to being so stoned he wasn't interested in sex during the school's Title IX investigation into a sexual assault accusation leveled against him. Callaway was cleared of wrongdoing in the case.

Callaway also had an offseason citation for marijuana possession. That charge was dropped and not adjudicated after he pleaded no contest to possession of drug paraphernalia.

UF's drug policy calls for a suspension for two failed drug tests, but neither of Callaway's incidents involved failed tests.

Through two seasons, Callaway, a Miami native, has 89 catches for 1,399 yards and seven touchdowns.

A few other quick hits:

McElwain said the quarterback competition is even, with no timeframe to determine the starter. McElwain said Luke Del Rio will be in the mix, and Notre Dame grad transfer Malik Zaire doesn't have an uphill battle, despite coming in late this summer.

"He's obviously on a mission," McElwain said.

More on the quarterback competition later...

Defensive lineman Jordan Sherit (Hillsborough High) will be limited in practice as he recovers from a knee injury.

McElwain keeps raving about the Gators' offensive line, which was a major weakness when he arrived. If there is cause for optimism about UF's offensive this fall, the line's progress is at the top of the list.

Chauncey Gardner will stay at cornerback. There had been some speculation that he could move to safety after Marcell Harris suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 3:59pm]

    

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