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Robbie Caldwell

Position: Assistant Coach, Offensive Linemen

• Enters the 2021 season with a staff-high 43 years of experience in college coaching and staff-high 519 games as a college coach.

• Reached the 500-game milestone for his coaching career in 2019. Entering 2021, his 519 collegiate games coached are the most of any active Power Five coach. He, Maryland’s Ron Zook and Stanford’s Duane Akina are the only Power Five coaches to have coached 500 career games across the collegiate and pro ranks (Zook in the NFL, Akina in the CFL).

• Clemson has a 121-18 record, 10 10-plus win seasons, seven ACC titles, four appearances in the national championship game and national titles in 2016 and 2018 since his hire in 2011.

• Clemson offensive linemen have earned 24 all-conference selections since 2015, the most from any Power Five program in the country. That includes 10 first-team all-conference selections, tied with Alabama for third-most in the Power Five.

• Led by first-team All-ACC tackle Jackson Carman and second-team All-ACC guard Matt Bockhorst, Clemson allowed only 20 sacks in 2020, tying for the fewest in the ACC. It was Clemson’s first time leading the ACC in fewest sacks allowed per game in the Dabo Swinney era.

• Helped guard John Simpson earn consensus All-America status and an Outland Trophy semifinalist selection in 2019. Simpson was one of all five starters along the offensive line to earn All-ACC honors in 2019 and became the third-highest Clemson offensive lineman selected in the NFL Draft (No. 109 overall) since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

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).

• His line allowed only 17 sacks in 15 games in 2018, including only five in the season’s final eight games.

• Coached offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt to consensus All-America status and his second consecutive Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2018 and guided all five of his starting linemen from the season opener to All-ACC honors.

• Had three First-Team All-ACC offensive linemen (Tyrone Crowder, Justin Falcinelli, Hyatt) in 2017.

• Coached three First-Team All-ACC offensive linemen (Crowder, Jay Guillermo, Hyatt) in 2016, a Tiger first.

• Coached five All-ACC selections in the 2015 season, Clemson’s entire starting five, for the first time in school history.

• Coached tackle Brandon Thomas, a third-round draft pick, to his second-straight All-ACC selection in 2013. Guard Tyler Shatley also earned All-ACC honors that season.

• In 2012, he coached first-team All-American Dalton Freeman and Thomas, a first-team All-ACC pick. Freeman was a Rimington Trophy finalist for the second year in a row.

• In 2011, Freeman was a Rimington Trophy finalist and a first-team All-ACC selection.

• Served as Vanderbilt’s head coach in 2010 after eight years as offensive line coach at Vanderbilt. He was a part of the 2008 Vanderbilt staff that guided it to its first winning season and bowl win since 1955.

• Joined Clemson graduate Bobby Johnson’s staff at Vanderbilt in 2002.

• Coached at North Carolina in 2000 and 2001.

• Moved with Dick Sheridan to NC State in 1986. He was part of a Wolfpack resurgence, as he helped turn a 3-8 team (1985) into an 8-3-1 club that beat three top-25 teams in 1986. He was on the NC State staff when it beat Clemson three straight years (1986-88).

• Coached the Wolfpack offensive line for 11 years, then added assistant head coaching responsibilities during his last three years. He had 14 All-ACC picks.

• Served under Sheridan for eight years and Furman won six league titles during that era. He coached eight first-team all-conference players and five recipients of the SoCon’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy.

• He started his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Furman under Art Baker in 1976 and became a full-time offensive line coach with the Paladins under Sheridan in 1978. Was inducted into the Furman Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019.

• In 1977, he served as an assistant football coach and head baseball coach at Hanahan (S.C.) High School.

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