Reader on Top 25 Teams

Reader on Top 25 Teams


Reader on Top 25 Teams


Clemson defensive tackle D.J. Reader was also a member of the Clemson baseball team in 2013.   With today’s announcement that the Clemson baseball team finished the season 25th in the final USA Today Coach’s poll, Reader was a member of two top 25 teams during the academic year.  The Clemson football team finished ninth in the final USA Today poll and 11th by Associated Press after its 11-2 season.

Reader became the first Clemson athletes to play on a top 25 football team and baseball team in the same academic year since Kyle Parker in 2009-10.  Parker helped the Tigers to a number-24 final  football ranking in USA Today and a number-four final ranking in Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball that year.  He was the starting quarterback on the football team and starting right fielder on the baseball team.   He had 20 home runs and 20 touchdown passes that year, the only athlete in college history to reach 20 of each in the same year.  The baseball team reached the College World Series.

Below is a list of Clemson athletes who have played on a top 25 football team and baseball team in the same academic year.

     Year              Athlete                          Coach-AP               BA-CB-USA

1958-59        Lou Cordileone                12-13                     7-NP-NP

1986-87        Bill Spiers                          17-18                    10-10-NP

Ray Williams                     17-18                    10-10-NP

1991-92        Jeff Sauve                          18-17                        7-10

1993-94        Dexter McCleon                23-22                       4-9-9

Andre Humphrey             23-22                       4-9-9

2009-10        Kyle Parker                      24-NR                      4-4-10

2012-13         D.J. Reader     9-11    NR-NR-25



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