Aug 8, 2018; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tony Elliott hands off to running back Tavien Feaster (28) in a drill during fall practice at Clemson University. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard/Anderson Independent Mail via USA TODAY NETWORK

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Clemson OC Elliott to miss Sugar Bowl due to COVID protocols

No. 2 Clemson departed for the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Wednesday without offensive coordinator Tony Elliott, who will miss Friday’s game because of COVID-19 protocols.

The school did not say whether Elliott, 41, tested positive for the virus or if he was identified as high risk because of close contact with someone who had.

Coach Dabo Swinney has not said who will call the plays for quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the high-powered Tigers offense against No. 3 Ohio State on Friday.

Clemson is averaging 44.9 points per game — second only to No. 1 Alabama (49.7).

Elliott was a wide receiver at Clemson from 1999-2003 and joined the coaching staff in 2011 as running backs coach. He added co-offensive coordinator duties in 2015 and has been the sole OC this season since Jeff Scott departed to become head coach at South Florida.

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