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Buckeye Bits: Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott will miss the Sugar Bowl, Wyatt Davis is a consensus first-team All-American

All of the latest Ohio State news from around the beat and beyond.

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I’m not even going to write an intro for today’s Buckeye Bits. Instead, I am just going to leave this here:

Now that you’ve run through a brick wall, let’s catch up on all of today’s headlines surrounding the Sugar Bowl, a positive COVID-19 test for Clemson, All-American updates, and more.

But first, here are all the goods you’ll find on our homepage:

Playoff news...

Clemson will be without its offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tony Elliott— who is a Broyles Award winner and is in his first season as the sole offensive coordinator for the Tigers— on Friday due to COVID-19 protocol. He will not be making the trip to New Orleans with the rest of the team and may not have any communications with the rest of the coaching staff during the game.

While this news is a sucker punch for Clemson, they certainly won’t be short-handed. QB coach and pass game coordinator Brandon Streeter or even Dabo Swinney himself will likely take over the offensive play calling for the Tigers.

Hypothetically, of course...

If this COVID-19 situation escalates, not all hope is lost. The playoff committee has put makeup dates in place for both the semifinals and the championship game if a postponement were to occur.

More All-American honors...

The Football Writers Association of America released their 77th annual All-America Team Wednesday afternoon, and Wyatt Davis made first-team All-American. Davis is on his way to becoming an unanimous All-American, as he was named a first-team All-American by both Sporting News and the AP as well. The Walter Camp Football Foundation and American Football Coaches Association have yet to release their teams.

Garrett Wilson and Shaun Wade were picked as second-team All-Americans. This is Wilson’s first All-American nod, while Wade was named first-team All-American by Sporting News and AP voters.

Worth noting...

Kirk Herbstreit announced on Tuesday night that he has tested positive for COVID-19, and is, thankfully, “feeling good.” He will still be on the call for the Sugar Bowl, announcing the game from his house.

Kirk Herbstreit, aka the Ohio State alum with two sons who play for Clemson and another who just committed to Ohio State, has many thoughts on this matchup, as you can imagine.

Wait, is it snowing in Columbus AGAIN?!


Don’t forget to catch the No. 25 men’s basketball Buckeyes host Nebraska this evening at 6:30 p.m. ET. Adam Jardy wrote about the lessons learned as well as what the team needs to fix to get back on track after their loss to Northwestern.