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


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