We are a day away from the highly anticipated rematch between Ohio State and Clemson, and the Tigers have been dealt a serious blow. Offensive Coordinator, Tony Elliott, will not accompany Clemson to the Sugar Bowl following COVID-19 protocols.
Elliott has been with Dabo and the Tigers since 2011 calling plays for the offense, so this could be a huge obstacle. Obviously, the players are the ones executing the plays, but at the same time, play calling can be crucial in key moments of the game.
Clemson quarterback coach, Brandon Streeter, is expected to take over the play-calling duties as he would be the one with the most experience with quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Head coach Dabo Swinney could also take over the offense if needed.
#Clemson announces offensive coordinator Tony Elliott is unavailable for the Sugar Bowl because of COVID-19 protocols. Elliott will not travel with the team to New Orleans.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 30, 2020
Elliott was around for most of the game planning and practices, so it may not be a huge loss for the Tigers. However, when the moment calls for a quick adjustment is where the absence may be felt most.
Either way, the Buckeye defense will need to stay disciplined in how they attack and defend against Clemson’s offense to keep this game close.
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