Duke Football BIO
62 Matt Skura
2015: Returning starting center ... returning All-ACC center ... named to the Watch List for the Rimington Trophy, an honor presented annually to the top center in the nation by the Boomer Esiason Foundation ... preseason first team All-ACC choice by Athlon Sports, Lindy’s Sports, Phil Steele’s College Football Preview and Sporting News ... joins OT Casey Blaser and OG Lucas Patrick as one of three returning starters along an offensive front which helped Duke lead the country in fewest tackles for loss allowed a season ago and must replace two All-ACC honorees in OT Takoby Cofield and OG Laken Tomlinson ... lone returnee among the four centers to earn first, second or third team All-ACC honors last season (Skura, Florida State’s Cameron Erving, Boston College’s Andy Gallik and Miami’s Shane McDermott) ... in 37 career games (27 starts), has played 2,030 total snaps ... most experienced Blue Devil offensive lineman ... has logged 900+ snaps in each of the past two seasons while helping Duke to 19 victories, marking the best two-season win total in school history, as the Blue Devils averaged 32.00+ points per game in back-to-back campaigns for the first time in program history ... cornerstone of Duke’s offensive front that has led the ACC in fewest sacks allowed per pass attempt in each of the past two seasons ... joins Blaser as the only returning Blue Devil offensive linemen to have played 850+ snaps a season ago ... one of four Duke offensive linemen with 500+ career snaps of experience, joining Blaser (902), Patrick (1,110) and OG Cody Robinson (541) ... enters the 2015 season having started 27 consecutive games ... in the program’s post-spring strength and conditioning evaluation, recorded the team’s top bench press (425 lbs.; tied with DT Keilin Rayner) while pacing the OL group in squat lift (505 lbs.).
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 ... majoring in psychology while pursuing a certificate in human development.