Friday, May 31, 2013

Priore announces additions of three FBS transfers

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook head football coach Chuck Priore has announced the addition of three Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) transfers on Friday afternoon. Junior Arthur Doakes (Lebanon, Pa.) and seniors Derrick Morgan (Germantown, Md.) and Reuben Johnson (Lawnside, N.J.) have accepted grant-in-aid offers to begin competing this Fall.
Doakes, an offensive lineman, will have two years of eligibility remaining, while Morgan and Johnson, both defensive backs, have one.
Doakes, a transfer from Pittsburgh, played in 12 games last season. He started the final four games of the regular season against Notre Dame, Connecticut, Rutgers and South Florida at right guard. He helped block for Ray Graham, a two-time first team all-conference performer at running back. As a redshirt freshman in 2011, Doakes saw action in six games on special teams.
"We're really excited to have Arthur join our program," Priore said. "Coming out of high school, he was rated as one of the top guards in country. His size (6-6, 340) and experience coming from a Big East institution will help our program."
Morgan, a transfer from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), played two seasons for the Miners. He saw action in all 12 games in 2011, registering 20 tackles, including a season-high six against Southern Miss., two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. In the season opener against Stony Brook, Morgan made three tackles.
He played in only four games in 2012, applying for and receiving an eligibility waiver from the NCAA for an addition year.
The Maryland native began his career at Cabrillo College, where he garnered first team All-Coast Conference honors after tallying 87 tackles, 10 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, a sack, an interception in 2010.
Morgan served as team captain for the Seahawks as a freshman and sophomore. In his first season, he registered 57 tackles, seven pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble. 

Johnson, a transfer from Cincinnati, played three seasons for the Bearcats, appearing in 31 games. Statistically, his sophomore season was his best as Johnson started 11 of 12 games, recording 62 tackles, including 11 against Louisville and eight against Oklahoma, five pass breakups, a sack and an interception.
The south New Jersey native played in eight games in 2011, making six tackles. He did not play last season due to an injury and served as a student assistant under former coach Butch Jones.
Johnson played in 11 games as a true freshman on a Cincinnati squad that earned a BCS bid to the Sugar Bowl.
A three-star recruit who starred in football and track, Johnson was rated as one of the top seniors in the state.
I'm excited to have Derrick and Reuben join our program for their final year of eligibility," Priore said. "Together, they bring a wealth of experience to our team, and I'm glad they've chosen Stony Brook to continue their education."