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Former Booker T. star Antonio Callaway already making impact with Florida Gators

Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway looks for an opening between Kentucky cornerback Blake McClain, left, and defensive end Jason Hatcher during the second half Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. Florida won the game 14-9.
Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway looks for an opening between Kentucky cornerback Blake McClain, left, and defensive end Jason Hatcher during the second half Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. Florida won the game 14-9. AP

Antonio Callaway is only a freshman, but the former Miami Booker T. Washington star has already emerged as a playmaker at Florida.

The slippery 5-11, 175-pound receiver snagged a superb 34-yard, one-handed catch in Saturday’s win over Kentucky.

“I’m sure glad he’s a Gator. We knew that when we recruited him,” coach Jim McElwain said.

On the season, Callaway has four receptions for 60 yards, and McElwain said the freshman will continue to earn additional targets.

“You’re going to see more and more get-it-tos for him, as he still kind of learns and does things,” McElwain said.

Callway also chipped in an explosive 37-yard punt return against the Wildcats, as he has taken over the return duties from All-American cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.

“He’s a guy that, it’s really important to him,” McElwain said. “You can see his study. When you’re in practice, he doesn’t take a play off. He’s going to make a mistake here and there in practice, but he wants to correct it. It’s important to him. And this team’s important to him. Yeah. I kinda like No. 81.”

JESSE SIMONTON

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