[Updated, 5:35 p.m., 12-8] The sometimes spectacular and often troubled college career of Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway has come to an end.
The junior from Miami has signed with an agent and will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft this spring.
Callaway, UF’s leading receiver in 2015 and 2016, has signed with former University of Miami running back Mel Bratton of MB5 Sports.
Callaway was one of nine players suspended for the 2017 season while under investigation for credit card fraud. He accepted a pre-trial intervention agreement with the State Attorney’s Office last month.
Before the start of the 2016 season, Callaway was eventually cleared in a lengthy sexual assault investigation.
This past summer, Callaway was cited for misdemeanor possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. That charge was dropped after he pled guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia.
Callaway finishes his UF career with 89 receptions for 1,399 yards and seven touchdowns. He also returned two punts for touchdowns.
Robinson’s career over
True freshman wide receiver James Robinson is going to have to give up football due to a heart condition that was detected before the start of the season.
Robinson Tweeted the following Friday: “Hurts knowing I can’t play football again.”
UF confirmed that Robinson’s UF career has ended.
“After a thorough evaluation by doctors from across the country and our medical staff, it has been determined that James Robinson will not be medically cleared to play football at the University of Florida,” said Steve McClain, UF’s senior associate athletic director for communications. ”The University Athletic Association has offered their support to James and his family during this very difficult time.”
Robinson was a four-star prospect from Lakeland.
UF had been waiting for final test results on Robinson.
Rumph a Vol?
According to reports out of Tennessee, UF defensive line coach Chris Rumph was in Knoxville on Friday to accept a position on new Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt’s staff.
Rumph and Pruitt worked together on the same Alabama staff under Nick Saban.
Rumph is one of four UF assistants retained, at least temporarily, by new Florida coach Dan Mullen to assist with recruiting. The others are linebackers coach Tim Skipper, running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider and offensive line coach Brad Davis. Their future status on the staff will be determined at a later date.
While Callaway is leaving, slot receiver Dre Massey is returning for his senior season. He announced his decision on Twitter.
“I see it’s some uncertainty but Im coming back,” he wrote on his account.
Massey, a junior college transfer, was granted an extra year of eligibility after missing last season with a torn ACL.
This past season, Massey caught 11 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for nine yards.