Pitt offensive lineman Arthur Doakes suspended for BBVA Compass Bowl Game

Justin K. Aller

That sound you hear is another one of Pitt's offensive linemen biting the dust.

This time, it's guard Arthur Doakes who will be taking a seat. Doakes, though, isn't injured - he's suspended:

The line is already a patchwork job, we all know that. And ever since the season-opening suspension to Juantez Hollins, all eyes have been on what is already a questionable unit. Ryan Schlieper went down to an injury earlier in the year and that opened up a starting job for Doakes. Now, he'll give way to someone new - presumably Shane Johnson, who's listed next on the depth chart.

Quarterback Tino Sunseri has done a little better avoiding sacks this year, though he's still taken his fair share. Unfortunately the offensive line affects the running game just as much as the passing game, so it's going to be interesting to see how the playcalling is affected if the line play is spotty. And yeah, it'd be nice if we could avoid the offensive line penalties that have plagued the team all year. But with another new starter, things could get worse in that respect.

No exact reason was given for the suspension - it's only being called for a violation of team policy. But the Post-Gazette's Sam Werner says it could last more than one game.

Well, that ain't good.

Be sure to join Cardiac Hill's Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @PittPantherBlog for our regular updates on Pitt athletics.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cardiac Hill

You must be a member of Cardiac Hill to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cardiac Hill. You should read them.

Join Cardiac Hill

You must be a member of Cardiac Hill to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cardiac Hill. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker