Clemson DT to step away from Football for a period of time


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Pos: DT   Height: 6-3   Weight: 325   Hometown: Greensboro, NC (Grimsley HS)  
Years Played: 2012 - 2015

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
Greensboro, NC

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will be away from the Clemson football team for a period of time. Reader was listed as a starting tackle on the preseason depth chart.

“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
Honolulu, HI

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and freshman Christian WilkinsChristian Wilkins
Fr. Defensive Tackle
#42 6-5, 305
Longmeadow, CT

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will be strong candidates to move into a starting role at defensive tackle opposite Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
RS Jr. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 295
Mooresboro, NC

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and Roderick ByersRoderick Byers
RS Sr. Tight End
#40 6-3, 290
Rock Hill, SC

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. Redshirt freshman Jabril RobinsonJabril Robinson
RS Fr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-3, 255
Leland, NC

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and first-year player Albert HugginsAlbert Huggins
Fr. Defensive Line
#67 6-3, 280
Orangeburg, SC

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will also be candidates for playing time at the tackle position.

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.

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FB Update: Clemson DT to step away from Football for a period of time
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Wait, what?***
TigerScott88®
Re: Wait, what?*** ###......
baldman4475
Calm down, bro.***
true
Re: Calm down, bro.***
baldman4475
Calm down, bro.***
true
Re: Calm down, bro.***
ruatiger®
You know you sound like an idiot right?***
darkhuntingtiger
Feathers are flying.***
TigerTown
Re: Wait, what?*** ###......
clemtiger117®
Re: Wait, what?*** ###......
tmac9wr
somebody needs to take out the gamecock trash!!!
freakgeek
WOW, just WOW....
cutiger250®
Eveyone join me as I RA this coot to oblivion.***
TigerFanX2000
look up for the most likely answer ^^^
MackDaddy®
WAT
hotsawce
Stop the bleeding...
Rileyhound
Re: FB Update: Clemson DT to step away from Football for a period of time
babaganoush
Life is bigger than football. I hope the young man can
FootballFan36
Re: Life is bigger than football. I hope the young man can
deroberts
Luckily, Jackie Boy is gone now.***
FootballFan36
Re: FB Update: Clemson DT to step away from Football for a period of time
allintiger1
Senseless?????***
cutiger250®
Re: FB Update: Clemson DT to step away from Football for a period of time
ziggy_1118
Good luck DJ.
under11par®
Re: Good luck DJ- at least this is a little more
74TIGER
Re: Good luck DJ- at least this is a little more
Stuppyhead
Re: Good luck DJ- at least this is a little more
74TIGER
Re: Good luck DJ- at least this is a little more
jerseytiger1980
having lost my dad when I was younger that does tend to
Tigerfansince1972®
Re: having lost my dad when I was younger that does tend to
jerseytiger1980
Re: having lost my dad when I was younger that does tend to
Knuck
Re: Good luck DJ- at least this is a little more
lhaselden
Ouch. How long? A season? A couple games??***
Tigersense®
...now THAT was a punch in the gut...
Knuck
Re: FB Update: Clemson DT to step away from Football for a period of time
HendrixTiger®
Re: FB Update: Clemson DT to step away from Football for a period of time
clemtiger117®
Not good, bad offseason for the tigers. we had been spoiled***
Paws-itive Tiger
Wilkins and Huggins are ready...I guess it's "next man up"***
cutigersJD®
W!T!F! Something is going on.
JeffersonStTiger
^^^Found one***
GWPTiger®
Geez...really? Question Dabo get called a coot?
JeffersonStTiger
Re: Geez...really? Question Dabo get called a coot?
clemtiger117®
Ohhhh. Yeah, I call that thinking for myself.
JeffersonStTiger
His post history? He has a Tiger pulse of 90%!!!
AllTimeClemson
Re: His post history? He has a Tiger pulse of 90%!!!
lhaselden
Re: His post history? He has a Tiger pulse of 90%!!!
deroberts
Re: ^^^Found one***
OrangeNpurp81®
Re: W!T!F! Something is going on.
clemtiger117®
Re: W!T!F! Something is going on.
Electric Orange
Re: W!T!F! Something is going on.
deroberts
Re: W!T!F! Something is going on.
92TigerJohn
Good luck Reader! Come back when you can!***
Save the Tiger
Personal Issue could be something wrong with his family.
dtnickles
Re: W!T!F! Something is going on.
lhaselden
Hope all is well.
deleted
Pretty sure this has something to do with his decision...
HungryTiger
Re: Pretty sure this has something to do with his decision...
deleted
Re: Pretty sure this has something to do with his decision...
92TigerJohn
Hope everything is OK, but
boricuatiger
Hope he's ok but this is becoming an epidemic
ColaTownTiger
Huge loss for us against Wofford
Fillthevalley
This offseason has sucked
Tiger4Life1995
then throw in losing Wiggins to an ACL
Tiger4Life1995
Read this, TNet, then start the retractions....
71PR
This is his dad?***
Tigerfansince1972®
Read this, TNet, then start the retractions....
71PR
Here's another article for those wondering...
HungryTiger
All the best to D.J.
jvdunca®
I've never heard of players "stepping away" when they could start
Ltiger42®
Re: I've never heard of players "stepping away" when they could start
lhaselden
There's really no point in getting angry, we have NO control
darkhuntingtiger
Re: I've never heard of players "stepping away" when they could start
jstone D329
the next person who says "playoff" needs to be....
epifunny
Exactly what could be more important than a shot at the NFL?
Tiger Woods
Re: Exactly what could be more important than a shot at the NFL?
deroberts
The problem, derp, is that it's bad when players leave the
PsychoTea
Re: The problem, derp, is that it's bad when players leave the
deroberts
Re: The problem, derp, is that it's bad when players leave the
deleted
Herp derp, his dad died you idiots
drewtigeralum03®
FAMILY IS more important than a shot at the NFL?
lhaselden
Re: Exactly what could be more important than a shot at the NFL?
oghost®
Re: Exactly what could be more important than a shot at the NFL?
Purple_Panther
One had a medical issue
drewtigeralum03®
His dad passed away and he is having a difficult time.
colberttiger
Re: FB Update: Clemson DT to step away from Football for a period of time
tmac9wr
Bad news. I hope everything goes well for him***
TigerzzRoar®
SO this is what it feels like to be UGA or SCAR
CU_Tigers4life®
How about we just wish the kid well
ziggy_1118
We should, but its easier for people to dehumanize him
darkhuntingtiger
Re: FB Update: Clemson DT to step away from Football for a period of time
smokepurpleliveorange69
Re: FB Update: Clemson DT to step away from Football for a period of time
Bigdaddytig
Redshirt
Colavito®
Here's my take
Prime T. Tiger
DJ, you are family and we lift you up
HumbleServant
Amen***
CUTIGR69®
Reader will be back but this stuff happens at all major programs. Heck, Auburn lost 9
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