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Duke Football BIO
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Matt Skura
Player Profile:
Matt Skura 757682
Position: Center
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 305
Year: Redshirt Senior
City/State: Columbus, Ohio
High School: Worthington Kilbourne


















CAREER: Lettered four seasons (2012-13-14-15) ... All-America selection in 2015 by USA Today (2nd team), Phil Steele (4th team) and Sports Illustrated (HM) … two-time All-ACC choice (3rd team in 2014 & 1st team in 2015) … ESPN All-Bowl Team pick following 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl … served as team captain as a senior … in 50 career games (40 starts), played 3,058 total snaps … played 900+ snaps in each of his last three seasons … started 40 consecutive contests at center to close career ... helped Duke to 33 wins including the 2013 ACC Coastal Division championship and four bowl game appearances (2012 Belk, 2013 Chick-fil-A, 2014 Hyundai Sun and 2015 New Era Pinstripe) ... represented Duke at the NFL Scouting Combine on February 23-29, 2016 in Indianapolis, Ind.

2015: All-America selection by USA Today (2nd team), Phil Steele (4th team) and Sports Illustrated (HM) … first team All-ACC choice by both the league’s head coaches and Atlantic Coast Sports Media AssociationESPN All-Bowl Team pick following New Era Pinstripe Bowl ... recipient of the Dan “Tiger” Hill Award as Duke’s most outstanding offensive lineman … started all 13 games … helped the Blue Devils finish third in the ACC in total offense, fifth in scoring offense, fifth rushing offense and fifth in passing offense as Duke joined Clemson and North Carolina as the only schools to rank among the top five in all four categories … part of an offensive front that ranked second in the ACC and sixth nationally in fewest tackles for loss allowed per game (4.15) … key member of an offense that matched the school single-season standard with eight games with 30+ points, equaling the record set in both 2012 and 2013 … helped open holes for a rushing attack that averaged 192.92 yards per week – Duke’s highest mark since 1977 – as the Blue Devils ranked tied for first in the ACC and 10th nationally with six rushes of 50+ yards with a league-best four players (QB Thomas Sirk [803], RB Shaquille Powell [542], RB Jela Duncan [460] & RB Shaun Wilson [424]) totaling 400+ ground yards … contributed to the success of Sirk, who compiled the second highest single-season total offensive yardage total (3,428) in Duke history, trailing only Anthony Dilweg’s 3,713 total yards in 1988 … provided protection for QBs Sirk and Parker Boehme as the tandem threw for 3,204 yards with 18 TDs against 10 INTs … aided an offense that ranked among the national leaders in total first downs (24th), fourth down conversion rate (25th), sacks allowed per game (27th), third down conversion rate (33rd) and total offensive yards per game (36th) … in the 44-41 overtime win over Indiana in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, helped Duke compile 536 yards of total offense (373 rushing & 163 passing) as the Blue Devils had three players (Sirk [155], Duncan [109] & Wilson [103]) rush for 100+ yards for just the second time in school history … on the field for 1,028 snaps.

2014: Third team All-ACC selection by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association ... honorable mention All-ACC pick by the league’s head coaches ... co-ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week following Duke’s 20-13 win over Virginia ... recipient of the Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award, a team honor presented annually to one offensive player, one defensive player and one player in the developmental program for their year-round commitment to strength training and conditioning ... started all 13 games at center ... member of Duke’s offensive line which led the nation in fewest tackles for loss allowed per game (3.15) … key component of an offensive front that ranked first in the ACC in sacks allowed per passing attempt (1:36.23) and second in the league in sacks allowed per game (1.00) ... part of a Blue Devil offensive unit that became the first in school history to average 180+ rushing yards and 210+ passing yards per game … helped open holes for a Duke rushing attack which averaged 181.85 yards per contest, the program’s highest mark since 1977 ... member of Duke’s offense that ranked among the ACC leaders in fourth down conversions (16; 1st), fewest turnovers lost (15; t2nd), red zone offense (.875; 3rd), scoring offense (32.4; 4th), rushing offense (181.8; 5th) and first downs per game (22.0; 5th) … helped the Blue Devils to top-50 national offensive rankings for sacks allowed per game (8th), fewest turnovers lost (16th), red zone offense (34th), scoring offense (40th), rushing offense (46th) and first downs (286; 46th) ... aided in the protection of QBs Anthony Boone and Thomas Sirk, who combined to complete 266-of-467 (.570) passes for 2,767 yards with 22 TDs against just eight INTs ... opened holes for Duke’s ground attack that featured four backs with 375+ yards and 24 rushing TDs while Boone (5), Sirk (8) and Shaun Wilson (5) became just the fourth trio in Blue Devil history to post 5+ rushing TDs each in a season … helped pave the way for Wilson to establish Duke’s single-game record for rushing yards with 245 against Kansas and set the school single-season standard for average rushing yards per attempt at 7.67 ... on the field for 919 total snaps.

2013: Started all 14 games at center ... key component of Duke’s offensive front that ranked first in the ACC in sacks allowed per passing attempt (1:27.80) ... part of a Blue Devil offensive unit that established school single-season records for total first downs (298), offensive yards (5,966) and points (459) ... member of Duke’s offense that ranked among the ACC leaders in total offense (426.1; 4th), scoring (32.8; 5th), rushing (178.0; 5th) and passing (248.1; 6th) ... helped the Blue Devils to top-50 national offensive rankings for fourth down conversion percentage (.696; 8th), fewest fumbles lost (6; 12th), fewest penalties per game (4.57; 25th), fewest penalty yards per game (40.71; 32nd), first downs (298; 36th) and passing offense (50th) ... helped a Duke offensive unit that became the first in school history and one of just four in the ACC in 2013 to amass 25+ rushing and 25+ passing TDs ... aided in the protection of QBs Anthony Boone and Brandon Connette, who combined to complete 296-of-467 (.634) passes for 3,472 yards with 26 TDs ... opened holes for Duke’s ground attack that featured Connette’s school single-season record-tying 14 rushing TDs while four Blue Devil running backs combined for 1,905 yards with each averaging 5.0+ yards per attempt ... on the field for 986 total snaps.

2012: Played in 10 games ... missed action against North Carolina, Miami and Cincinnati ... played primarily at offensive guard ... helped the Blue Devils rank second in the ACC in sacks allowed per pass attempt (1:29.00) ... part of a Duke offense that ranked among the ACC leaders in first downs per game (4th; 22.15), time of possession (4th; 31:07), passing yards per game (5th; 283.9) and points per game (5th; 31.5) ... helped in the protection of 3,000-yard passer Sean Renfree (3,113) as Duke became just the second team in ACC history (Florida State, 1995) to have two 1,000-yard receivers in Jamison Crowder (1,074) and Conner Vernon (1,074) ... on the field for 125 total snaps.

2011: Did not see game action.

PRIOR TO DUKE: Three-year letterman at Worthington Kilbourne under coach Vince Trombetti ... listed as the No. 13 center in the nation by ESPN.com ... served as team captain as a senior ... all-metro choice by the Columbus Dispatch in 2010 ... two-time all-conference selection ... selected to play in the annual Ohio North-South All-Star Classic on April 23, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio ... chosen to the Ohio roster for the annual Big 33 All-Star Game on June 18, 2011 in Hershey, Pa. ... also participated in track and field ... inducted into the Socratic Society for distinguished personal effort, compassion, lifelong learning, integrity and scholarship.

PERSONAL: Engaged to fiancé Emma Ellis of Columbus, Ohio ... son of Doug and Kris Skura ... mother played basketball at Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.) College ... cousin, Nolan Samples, played football at St. Anselm (N.H.) College ... born February 17, 1993 ... graduated from Duke in December, 2015 with a degree in psychology along with a certificate in human development.

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