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Oct 5, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks offensive tackle Dan Skipper (76) reacts after blocking a field goal during the first half of the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

#76 Dan Skipper, 6-foot-10, 315 pounds, Sophomore, Left Tackle

Dan Skipper is a mammoth human being, reaching a height of 6-foot-10 and tipping the scales at 315 pounds. A person that size should not be as athletic as he is, which is one reason Skipper is destined to become one of the best offensive linemen in the Southeastern Conference.

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  • On the offensive line, especially one that run blocks as much as Arkansas does, being 6-foot-10 can be quite a disadvantage. Run blockers must get underneath the defender they are blocking in order to gain leverage and push them back. Someone as tall as Skipper is must be an incredible “knee bender” to achieve any success in the running game. And he is.

    Skipper proved he was good enough last season to start the team’s final eight games as a true freshman. He played left guard for Arkansas in 2013, and will move over to the prime location of left tackle this season. At that position, his length is much more of an asset as he will be charged with keeping the opponent’s best pass rusher off the quarterback in the play-action and drop back passing game Arkansas will implement.

    The giant is also important on special teams, and he blocked three field goals last season.