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Tony Elliott
Co-Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs
Coach Info:
Position: Co-Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs

• Clemson’s run of seven straight 10-win seasons started when he became a full-time assistant coach. Clemson is 82-15 since he came back to Clemson in 2011.

• Had a big impact in Clemson winning the 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2017 ACC titles. He has been on the staff of five ACC Atlantic Division titles in the last seven years.

• Recipient of the 2017 Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach.

• Running backs coach-of-the-year by FootballScoop in 2017.

• Directed the 2017 offense to one of Clemson's most-balanced seasons in history, with over 194 yards per game rushing (194.1) and passing (235.5).

• Co-offensive coordinator of Clemson’s 2016 national championship team.

• Named one of the top-25 recruiters in the nation in 2015 and one of the top-10 recruiters in the ACC by Rivals.

• Named co-offensive coordinator prior to the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl. Clemson is 41-4 since he became co-coordinator.

• Coached First-Team All-ACC running back Wayne Gallman, who broke the Clemson single-season rushing mark with 1,527 yards in 2015.

• Coached a 1,000-yard rusher five times, including Gallman in 2015 and 2016.

• Coached All-ACC running back Roderick McDowell in 2013. He had 1,025 rushing yards and 29 receptions.

• Coached First-Team All-ACC running back Andre Ellington in 2012. Ellington became just the third running back in school history with two 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

• Has played on and coached Clemson teams that have been in the final AP top 25. He played on the 2003 team that finished No. 23 and coached running backs in 2011, when the Tigers finished No. 22. Clemson has finished in the top-25 in each of the first seven years he has been a full-time coach.

• His 2011 backs helped the Tigers set many school records. Ellington was a Second-Team All-ACC selection who had 1,178 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.

• Spent three years (2008-10) as wide receivers coach at Furman and two seasons (2006,07) at SC State.

• In 2008, he coached All-SoCon performer Adam Mims, who had a team-high 58 receptions, and David Hendrix, who set a freshman record with 46 receptions. Mims continued to flourish under Elliott’s guidance and ended his career with 198 catches for 2,433 yards.

• Returned to coaching in 2006 as an assistant at SC State. That team was 23rd nationally in total offense.

• Entered the business world after his playing days were over at Clemson and worked with Michelin North America for two years.

• Earned an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering in 2002, was a First-Team Academic All-ACC selection and a CoSIDA Academic District III member.

• Was a co-captain of Clemson’s 2003 team that had a 9-4 record and a No. 22 ranking by AP and USA Today. He had 23 receptions for 286 yards and a touchdown that season. He was also a recipient of a ACC’s Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship.

Dabo Swinney was his position coach during his senior season (2003). That year in a survey of Clemson players conducted by Anderson Independent, he was named the team’s “most respected player.”

• Had 34 receptions for 455 yards and two scores in his career. He came to Clemson as a walk-on in the fall of 1999 and finished his career with four letters and 44 games, including four as a starter as a senior (2003). He had a touchdown catch at Georgia Tech that year.

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