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Report: Clemson Senior Defensive Tackle D.J. Reader "Stepping Away From Football"

Update: Dabo Swinney has touched on the Reader news.

">August 25, 2015

Earlier: Clemson had the No. 1 defense in 2014, but with the departure of stars like Vic Beasley and Grady Jarrett, that side of the ball will look much different in 2015. Today, ESPN's Brett McMurphy is reporting that the Tigers are losing yet another experience defensive lineman, at least for a while. Senior defensive tackle D.J. Reader, who was in line to start this season, is stepping away from football for the time being.

Reader played in 12 games last season, starting one, and registered 27 total tackles and 1.5 sacks. Clemson is already thin at the defensive line; this news certainly won't help matters there. We hope that Reader is able to work through whatever issues he is taking time off to address.