Clemson's D.J. Reader takes time off from team for ‘personal issues’

Head Coach Dabo Swinney stated that Reader “has decided to step away from from football for a while" due to personal reasons. 
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Clemson senior defensive tackle D.J. Reader will be taking time away from the team, head coach Dabo Swinney announced on Tuesday.

Reader, who has played in 38 games for Clemson, was listed as a starter for the upcoming season.

“He has some personal issues he has to deal with at this time,” Swinney stated, adding that the team is unsure when Reader will return, but will continue to support him. 

Last season, the 6'3," 325 pound senior played in 12 games, starting in one. He had 27 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks.

Swinney stated that the team “will move forward at the tackle position” and has “many players who will do an outstanding job in the defensive line.” 

The Tigers will open the regular season on Sept. 5 at home against the Wofford Terriers. 

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