Reader to reevaluate baseball future
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Reader to reevaluate baseball future

CLEMSON - D.J. Reader spent his first year on the Clemson campus playing two sports, football and baseball. That may change in year two.

D.J. Reader will play defensive tackle again this fall, but his career as a first baseman might be over after going hitless in all three of his at-bats for Jack Leggett and the Clemson baseball team.

"I don't know yet. I haven't sat down with my parents. I've kind of got to wait to see how this season goes. That's what I'm waiting on," Reader said.

Even if Reader doesn't play another inning of college baseball, he'll fondly look back on the experiences at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

"I had a lot of fun learning a lot of things," Reader said. "It's always good to go up under great head coaches like that. You just kind of soak it in, because you never get enough coaching in your life, no matter what you're doing."

Last year was a pretty good indication that Reader's brightest future is on the gridiron. As a freshman in 2012, he had 40 tackles over 236 snaps in 13 games.

Now, with over a full week of preseason camp under his belt, Reader feels good about the progress he's made. It certainly helps that he hasn't reached the point he was at last year at this time.

"I haven't hit the wall yet, like I did my freshman year," Reader said. "It's going really well. I'm just trying to think positive and keep my teammates encouraged, keep everybody around me encouraged, so it's been good."

It wasn't so easy a year ago.

"Last year, probably [the] last Friday in the first week, after the first week, after we got full pads, for about two or three days. It's tough to keep pushing through," Reader said. "This year, we're trying to keep these freshmen up and keep them pushing through that wall."

Not bad for a guy that spent much of his time over the last year jumping from one sport to the next. Just imagine what he could do on the football field if that's his only focus.