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FB Forecast: C Matt Skura

Fifth year senior starter at center will provide leadership and continuity in front of a new starting quarterback.

Matt Skura

Position:

C

Height/Weight:

6-foot-4 / 305 pounds

High School:

Columbus (OH) / Worthington Kilbourne

Year:

Redshirt Senior

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2014 Review

Skura appeared in all 13 games for Duke and helped the Blue Devil offensive line post some of the most impressive statistics in the ACC.  Duke 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 .  

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2015 Preview

Skura has started 27 straight contests for the Blue Devils and will likely make it another 12 to 14 depending on how the team progresses through the season.  He begins the season as a preseason all-conference list as well as the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, an honor presented annually to the top center in the nation by the Boomer Esiason Foundation.

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TDD Projection

As noted above, we believe Skura will finish the season with 13 starts in 13 games (assuming the team makes a bowl game), giving an even 40 to finish off his career in Durham.  

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How he ended up in Durham

Skura picked the Blue Devils over an offer from Air Force and interest from Michigan State.

"There were a lot of other schools recruiting me," the 6-3, 265-pound athlete said. "One thing that was important for me was to commit to a school before my senior year, and a lot of other schools that were interested wanted me to wait until after the season to see my senior highlights. 

"Getting an offer from Duke was definitely an eye-opener. I was really interested in it during the winter season last year. Then they invited me to the camp, and I got offered. I committed a couple days after."  

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High School Highlights

Three-year letterman at Worthington Kilbourne under coach Vince Trombetti ... 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. [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]


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