Former Clemson Player Thinks Tigers ‘Dominated’ Alabama In National Title Game

In sports, the effort and energy you give in your job is important … but all that is usually remembered is what the final score was. For most of this year’s national title game, the Clemson Tigers hung with the Alabama Crimson Tide and were in the hunt to win it. Ultimately, Alabama came out on top with the 45-40 victory for the school’s 16th claimed national championship....
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Senior Bowl: South Practice Day One Review

Biggest winners from the Senior Bowl South Practice on Day 1 were Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen, Baylor wide receiver Jay Lee, LSU cornerback Jalen Mills, Louisville Defensive Tackle Sheldon Rankins and Clemson defensive tackle DJ Reader. Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting on twitter) covered QB, RB, WR, LB, and DB. Charles McDonald (@SundayFiasco on twitter) covered OL/DL. Quarterbacks...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma's playoff journey began with stand against racism

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) On a balmy morning in south Florida, Baker Mayfield and his Oklahoma teammates goofed around beneath the swaying palms as they posed for a picture in front of the Orange Bowl logo, their tight bond forged by the ups and downs of a long season - the grueling practices, the lonely hours in the weight room, the incessant scrutiny that comes with playing...
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December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Clemson D won't blame late-season slump on lack of depth

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson's top-ranked defense came at teams in waves last season, smothering opponents with nearly two full units of talented and experienced players. Without that same depth this year, the Tigers have slipped into a late-season slump. No. 1 Clemson's last three opponents have popped some long plays and put up the two highest point totals against the Tigers...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

On the Beat: Reader will travel, might not play for Clemson at Miami

CLEMSON – D.J. Reader has returned to practice. The next step is getting the senior defensive tackle ready to play in a game.
Via The Post and Courier - Clemson
October 20, 2015

Clemson notes: Reader ready to return, Leggett scores in four straight

CLEMSON – Clemson senior defensive tackle D.J. Reader is set to return to team practices Monday.
Via The Post and Courier - Clemson
October 17, 2015

Clemson DT Reader to return to team Monday

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson defensive tackle D.J. Reader has returned to the team and will begin practicing with the fifth-ranked Tigers on Monday. Reader had not played this season after stepping away in August with what Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said were ''personal issues.'' The school announced Reader's return Saturday. Reader is a 6-foot-3, 325-pound senior who was scheduled...
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October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Clemson DT D.J. Reader expected to return from personal absence Monday

CLEMSON – Clemson senior defensive tackle D.J. Reader is set to return to team practices Monday, according to the school.
Via The Post and Courier - Clemson
October 17, 2015

Clemson DT D.J. Reader returning to team after absence

Clemson defensive tackle D.J. Reader is returning to the Tigers on Monday after missing six games due to personal reasons. Clemson beat writer Aaron Brenner, of The Post & Courier, reported the new development in Reader’s story on Twitter. Clemson senior DT D.J. Reader, missing his sixth game today due to personal leave, set to return to team practices Monday. Details coming...
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October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Clemson DT D.J. Reader Returning To Team After Missing 6 Games

Shortly before the 2015 season started, Clemson senior defensive tackle D.J. Reader elected to step away from football for personal reasons.  According to Clemson beat writer Aaron Brenner, Reader’s absence from the program will end Monday. He’ll return to practice after missing the first six games.  Clemson senior DT D.J. Reader, missing his sixth game today due to personal...
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October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 12 Clemson faces defensive questions against Wofford

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables did not need a refresher on Wofford's option offense to get worried for Saturday's opener. All the holes on the 12th-ranked Tigers' defense took care of that long ago. Clemson was the country's No. 1 defense last year, allowing 260 yards a game to finish 10-3. But eight starters off that group are gone, including NFL...
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September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Clemson senior DT D.J. Reader ‘stepping away’

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 (@McMurphyESPN) August 25, 2015 This isn’t good news for...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Clemson tackle DJ Reader leaving team for personal reasons

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson defensive tackle D.J. Reader is leaving the team because of personal matters. Coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday it's not clear how long Reader will be away. The coach says in a statement that Reader has ''personal issues he has to deal with at this time.'' Swinney adds that Reader has the support of his coaches and teammates. Reader was a backup last season...
Via AP on Fox
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

On the Beat: Clemson DT D.J. Reader steps away from football indefinitely

CLEMSON – In a surprising announcement Tuesday 11 days before the season opener, Clemson senior defensive tackle D.J. Reader is stepping away from football for an indefinite period of time due to "personal issues."
Via The Post and Courier - Clemson
August 25, 2015

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

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...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

ACC Announces 28 Players That Will Attend The 2015 ACC Football Kickoff

Twitter/@theACCfootball The 2015 ACC Football Kickoff, the conference’s preseason media event, will take place from July 19-21 at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC. Today, the league announced the 28 student-athletes—two from each member programs—that will attend the event. Boston College: Mehdi Abdesmad, DTHarris Williams, OL Clemson: Eric Mac Lain, OGD.J. Reader, DT...
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July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Clemson Top 10: Tigers count on D.J. Reader to fill Jarrett-sized gap

CLEMSON — It’s one of the most rugged and thankless spots on a football team.
Via The Post and Courier - Clemson
July 02, 2015

Clemson enters season with revamped defensive line

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Clemson led the country in defense last year, largely because of an experienced front line with a four-man group that started a combined 114 games the past four seasons. Now, they have all moved on, leaving the Tigers coaches to send in the next wave of players looking to maintain the team's status as the top-ranked defense in the nation. Defensive ends Vic Beasley...
Via AP on Fox
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss
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