Clemson Tigers senior defensive tackle D.J. Reader has decided to “step away” from the game to deal with “personal issues,” as was reported on Twitter by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
Clemson starting DT D.J. Reader to “step away from football” for unknown amount of time for "personal issues"
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 25, 2015
This isn’t good news for Clemson, as the team had the nation’s top defense last season and then lost staples Vic Beasley and Grady Jarrett to the NFL. The Tigers are also already thin up front, and losing a 6-foot-3, 335 pounder in Reader won’t help.
A former three-star recruit out of Greensboro’s Grimsley High School, Reader has 59 tackles (7.5 for a loss) and 3.5 sacks across three seasons with Clemson. Whatever he is dealing with off the field, here’s hoping that everything is OK on his end and he can take care of it in time to join his teammates on the gridiron at some point this season.
Campus Sports will update Reader’s story if any new information becomes available.
Clemson opens the season at home against Wofford on September 5.
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