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• Clemson’s run of nine straight 10-win seasons started when he became a full-time assistant coach. Clemson is 111-16 since he came back to Clemson in 2011.

• Had a big impact in Clemson winning six ACC titles. He has been on the staff of eight ACC Atlantic Division titles in the last nine 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.

• Has guided Travis Etienne to one of the most illustrious careers in ACC history. Etienne enters 2020 as the ACC’s career leader in rushing touchdowns (56), total touchdowns (62) and points by a non-kicker (372). He earned ACC Player of the Year honors for the second straight season, becoming the first running back to collect the award in back-to-back years in more than four decades (Mike Voight in 1975-76).

• Clemson averaged a national-best 6.37 yards per carry in 2019, the second-most in school history.

Elliott’s 2018 and 2019 offenses are responsible for two of the 22 650-point seasons in major college football history. Clemson is the first school with back-to-back 650-point seasons since Yale in 1888-89, predating the start of official NCAA recordkeeping in 1937.

• Helped Clemson produce a school-record 3,723 rushing yards in 2018, breaking the record of 3,469 that had stood since 1978. Also broke the school records in yards per carry (6.55) and rushing touchdowns (49).

• Helped Etienne set school records in rushing yards (1,658) and rushing touchdowns (24) in 2018 while being named ACC Player of the Year and a Doak Walker Award finalist.

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

• Co-offensive coordinator of Clemson’s 2016 and 2018 national championship teams. He was named co-offensive coordinator prior to the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl. The Tigers have a 70-5 record in 75 games since his 2014 promotion.

• Coached a 1,000-yard rusher seven times, including Wayne Gallman in 2015 and 2016 and Etienne in 2018 and 2019.

• 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 was just the third running back in school history with two 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

• 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 nine years he has been a full-time coach.

• Spent three seasons (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 ended his career with 198 catches for 2,433 yards.

• Returned to coaching in 2006 as an assistant coach at SC State, which finished 23rd 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 final 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 touchdowns 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.






*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide

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