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 Coaches 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.
FB Rankings - Baseball Ranking
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