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Antonio Callaway cleared in hearing; what now for UF’s receivers?

Antonio Callaway 2015
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Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway was found not responsible in a Title IX hearing regarding a sexual assault in December. The school’s student conduct and conflict resolution office heard the case.

While Callaway was found not responsible, he still could be suspended by coach Jim McElwain for a game or two in the season.

Whenever he does hit the field, he will be the Gators' go-to receiver. He is the only proven big-play threat in the lineup, though there are some newcomers – most notably, JC transfer Dre Massey in the slot and true freshman Tyrie Cleveland out wide – who could help in that regard.

And there are hopes that senior Ahmad Fulwood finally fulfills his expectations. Fulwood has a nice size/speed combo, but never has been able to put it together. He had his moments during the spring, and has been steady in fall camp, lending hope that he can be productive.

Sophomore C.J. Worton is another who has looked during camp. He has good quickness and has practiced with a consistency he has lacked in the past.

In the Callaway case, the complainant boycotted the hearing over the choice of hearing officers; the heard was conducted by Jacksonville attorney Jake Schickel, who is a former UF track athlete and a current Gator Boosters member.

A sexual assault accusation was made against Callaway and then-Florida quarterback Treon Harris; she did not report the matter to police. Harris has since transferred, reportedly as part of the plea agreement in the case

"From the totality of the evidence, I find that the burden of proof was not met and I find Mr. Callaway not responsible," Schickel wrote in his ruling.

When the alleged assault, Callaway and Harris were suspended; both missed spring practice and were not allowed on campus until June. Callaway has practiced since camp opened August 4.

(You can follow Mike Huguenin on Twitter @MikeHuguenin)

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