Florida’s Antonio Callaway selected by Browns in 4th round of NFL Draft

Antonio Callaway of the Florida Gators scores the winning touchdown during a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Gainesville. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Florida’s Antonio Callaway was the 5th pick in the 4th round (105th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.

More about the former Florida wide receiver

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Callaway, a junior from Florida, had a disappointing career with the Gators that’s been marred by off-field issues. He bursted onto the scene as a freshman, racking up 35 678 receiving yards and four touchdowns — one of which being a game-winning score over rival Tennessee — on 35 catches. In between his freshman and sophomore years, he was accused, then cleared, of sexual assault. The next year, he had 721 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 54 catches. But Callaway missed his whole junior year due to alleged credit card fraud. Things got worse for Callaway this week when news broke that he failed a drug test at the NFL Combine.

Scouting report: Callaway showed electric talent while with the Gators, quickly becoming one of their top playmakers on offense. He hasn’t seen the field since 2016. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein says, “his character concerns are at a point where they could derail any opportunity for a career. His talent and explosiveness gives him a good shot at making a roster at some point, but being able to stay on track and reach his potential is starting to feel unlikely.”

NFL Combine results
40-yard dash: 4.41
Vertical Jump: 34.0 inches
Broad Jump: 121 inches

From the experts

““Antonio Callaway, on talent, is a first-round draft choice. He entered the year as one of the elite 15 best players at any position, possibly, that were draft eligible. So, the off-field concerns are what’s going to be impacting him. We saw what’s happened with some players over the years that get pushed down, and once the light goes on, they mature and they put that in the past and they move on. They can evolve and develop.”” – Mel Kiper Jr.

 

With NFL hopes dashed, former Gator Tim Tebow to give baseball a try

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Tim Tebow's NFL career was fleeting. So now the former Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Florida is turning to baseball. (Getty Images)
Tim Tebow’s NFL career was fleeting. So now the former Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Florida is turning to baseball. (Getty Images)

DAVIE – The Miami Dolphins never pursued Tim Tebow. But the Miami Marlins could.

Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from the University of Florida, apparently has ended his pursuit of returning to the NFL and now will turn his attention to baseball, a sport he has not played since 2005.

Tebow plans to hold a workout for major league baseball teams this month, according to his agents. Tebow was an all-state baseball player at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, hitting .494 as a junior, before giving up the sport to pursue football.

Tebow, who currently works for ESPN, has been training in Arizona and Los Angeles this season, working on his hitting and outfield skills.

“Tim’s athletic ability, his work ethic, his leadership and his competitiveness were evident in football and will show in baseball,” said Tebow’s football agent, Jimmy Sexton. “Knowing Tim’s passion and desire, we won’t be surprised by anything he accomplishes.”

During an interview with the Associated Press this summer, Tebow never mentioned a baseball career but said coaching or politics could be in his future.

Tebow, who turns 29 Sunday, was a first round draft pick of the Broncos (25th overall) in 2010 and played two seasons in Denver and one with the Jets before his career fizzled out.

After playing in nine games (starting three) in 2010, Tebow took over the starting job in Denver in 2011 leading the Broncos to a playoff win over Pittsburgh before losing to New England. Although he was 7-4 during the regular season, he completed just 46.5 percent of his passes for 1,729 yards 12 TDs and six INTs. He was 19 of 47 for 452 yards, two TDs and no picks in the playoffs.

He played in 12 games for the Jets in 2012, completing 6 of 8 passes. Tebow has spent time with the Patriots (2013) and Eagles (2015) without ever making the team.

All 30 major league baseball teams will be invited to Tebow’s workout.

Report: Ex-Florida QB Will Grier could be eligible for West Virginia’s opener

In this Oct. 3, 2015, file photo, Florida quarterback Will Grier warms up before an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Gainesville, Fla. A person familiar with the situation says Grier has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NCAA's policy on banned drugs. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school has not announced the decision. Grier is considering an appeal. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
In this Oct. 3, 2015, file photo, Florida quarterback Will Grier warms up before an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Former Florida quarterback Will Grier could be back on the field for West Virginia earlier than expected in 2017.

The ex-Gators quarterback could return for West Virginia’s 2017 opener if he maintains eligibility requirements, according to a report from the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Grier was suspended a full year by the NCAA for taking performance-enhancing drugs at Florida before transferring to West Virginia last month.

He served six games of his suspension in 2015, and was expected to miss the first six games of 2017 as part of the suspension after sitting out a full year per NCAA’s transfer rules.

Instead, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen seemed optimistic about having Grier back for the start of next season.

“Will Grier enrolled for classes here at WVU on May 16,” Holgorsen said in the statement, according to the Gazette-Mail. “With the timing of his transfer, and the requirements that he has to finish from the NCAA, I cannot officially confirm his eligibility until the summer of 2017. However, I fully anticipate him being eligible for the opening game of the 2017 season.”

Grier threw for 1,204 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions for the then 6-0 Gators prior to his suspension. The Gators were forced to replace Grier with Treon Harris and went 4-4 down the stretch, including three consecutive losses to end the season.

Florida Gators make Jim McElwain highest paid coach in SEC East

GAINESVILLE — Florida head coach Jim McElwain is getting a hefty raise.

Jim McElwain head coach of the Florida Gators wave to fans as he leaves the field after a 21-3 win over the Missouri Tigers at Memorial Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Jim McElwain head coach of the Florida Gators wave to fans as he leaves the field after a 21-3 win over the Missouri Tigers at Memorial Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Following a 10-4 season where McElwain led the Gators to the Southeastern Conference title game, McElwain’s annual compensation is jumping from $3.5 million per year to $4.25 million per year, with his contract still running through the 2020 season. Continue reading “Florida Gators make Jim McElwain highest paid coach in SEC East”