Clemson DT to step away from Football for a period of time
Clemson, S.C.—Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney announced Tuesday that senior defensive tackle D.J. ReaderD.J. Reader
Defensive Tackle (2012 - 2015)
#48 6-2, 325
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“D.J. Reader has decided to step away from football for a while,” said Swinney. “He has some personal issues he has to deal with at this time. We are not sure when he will return. We will support him any way we can. This is no different than a player being lost for a period of time due to injury."
“We will move forward at the tackle position. We have many players who will do an outstanding job in the defensive line.”
“We are excited about preparing for our 2015 journey that starts September 5 with the opener against Wofford.”
Sophomore Scott PaganoScott Pagano
RS So. Defensive Tackle
#56 6-3, 295
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Fr. Defensive Tackle
#42 6-5, 305
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RS Jr. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 295
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RS Sr. Tight End
#40 6-3, 290
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RS Fr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-3, 255
View Full Profile and first-year player Albert HugginsAlbert Huggins
Fr. Defensive Line
#67 6-3, 280
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Reader is a fourth-year senior who started one game last year, but played 250 plays and had 27 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He is a veteran of 38 games over the last three years.