Dec. 07-- After sitting out this past season due to suspension, UF receiver Antonio Callaway reportedly will leave school early for the NFL.
The decision, reported by Neil Stratton of insidetheleague.com, was expected and officially ends Callaway's turbulent career at UF after just two seasons.
Callaway, a native of Miami, burst onto the scene in 2015 as a freshman, setting a UF record for receiving yards (678) by a first-year Gator. He averaged 17.6 yards every time he touched the ball and scored six touchdowns.
Callaway's production dipped as a sophomore after he missed the spring semester amid accusations of sexual battery. (UF eventually found Callaway not responsible during a Title IX hearing.)
In 2016, Callaway averaged six yards fewer per catches, down to 13.4 yards, and 7.1 yards less per punt return, down to 8.4 yards. He also fumbled four punts, losing one.
But Callaway appeared poised to bounce back as a junior following spring practices. Instead, he was cited for marijuana on May and suspended in August amid a credit-card fraud scandal.
Callaway accepted a deal in November for deferred prosecution, but missed the entire season.
Considered a possible first-round pick entering last season, Callaway's NFL prospects undoubtedly suffered.
He finishes his career with 89 catches for 1,399 yards and 11 total touchdowns in 26 games. Callaway also is the only UF player history to score a touchdown five different ways (receiving, rushing, passing, punt return, kick return).
Three Gators honored: The Gators placed tailback Malik Davis and cornerbacks Marco Wilson and C.J. Henderson on the SEC's All-Freshman team.
Davis, a Tampa native, was leading the team with 526 rushing yards and averaging 6.7 yards a carry when he suffered a season-ending knee injury during an Oct. 28 loss to Georgia.
Wilson, the brother of former star cornerback Quincy Wilson, started all 11 games for the Gators this season. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native finished with a team-leading 10 pass breakups to go with 34 tackles.
Henderson appeared in 11 games, including five starts. He led UF with four interceptions, including two pick-sixes. The Miami native also compiled 22 tackles and four pass breakups.
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