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62 Matt Skura
2014: Returning starting 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 ... member of Duke’s OL unit ranked No. 24 nationally by Athlon Sports ... in 24 career games (14 starts), has played 1,111 total snaps ... one of three returning starters along the Duke offensive line as the group (Takoby Cofield, Skura & Laken Tomlinson) combines for 82 career starts ... enters the 2014 season having started 14 consecutive games.

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 (27.8) ... 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.

Position: Center
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 305
Year: Redshirt Senior
City/State: Columbus, Ohio
High School: Worthington Kilbourne
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