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Florida suspends 3 players for opener vs. New Mexico State

<p>Jan 3, 2015; Birmingham, AL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Marcus Maye (20) breaks up a pass against East Carolina Pirates wide receiver Justin Hardy (2) during the second quarter of the 2015 Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports</p>

Jan 3, 2015; Birmingham, AL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Marcus Maye (20) breaks up a pass against East Carolina Pirates wide receiver Justin Hardy (2) during the second quarter of the 2015 Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Florida has suspended three players for its Sept. 5 season opener against New Mexico State.

The Gators announced Friday that safety Marcus Maye, defensive end Alex McCalister and receiver Latroy Pittman won't play because of an undisclosed violation of program policy.

Maye and McCalister are considered starters heading into coach Jim McElwain's first season. Maye, a junior from Melbourne, started nine games last season and ranked third on the team with 62 tackles. McCalister, a fourth-year junior from North Carolina, is expected to help fill the void left by Dante Fowler's departure to the NFL.

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For Pittman, this will be at least his second suspension. The senior from Ocala sat out the first three games of the 2013 season for violating program rules. Pittman has 19 career receptions for 188 yards.