BY JEFF FALK
It is not uncommon for most of us to get sidetracked along the way. And on life’s journey perhaps the best time to for us to take an alternate path is when we are young and resilient.
Arthur Doakes’ path has taken him from Lebanon to Pittsburgh, and now to Stony Brook, New York.
Doakes, a 2010 graduate of Lebanon High School, has transferred from Pittsburgh University’s Division One football program to Stony Brook University’s Division One-AA’s. Doakes left Pitt earlier this summer, and the 6-6, 350-pound junior is currently listed at the top of Seawolves’ depth chart at right guard.
Requests for comments by Lebanon Sports Buzz about Doakes’ transfer weren’t initially returned by Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst or offensive line coach Jim Hueber. But officials in the Panthers’ sports information department did confirm Doakes’ move.
After being red-shirted his freshman season, Doakes played sparingly at Pitt, appearing in 18 games in two seasons, competing against such schools as Notre Dame, Connecticut, Rutgers and South Florida. Coming out of Lebanon High, Doakes was a second-team all-state performer and rated as one of the top 30 offensive linemen in the country.
Doakes, now 21, averaged six pancake blocks per game for the Cedars during his senior campaign. Sources close to him have told Lebanon Sports Buzz that Doakes still entertains the hope and dream of playing in the NFL one day.