In this 2018 photo, Liam Dobson (left) of the University of Maine returns to the huddle during a Football Championship Subdivision playoff game against Jacksonville State at Alfond Stadium in Orono. The All-Colonial Athletic Association offensive guard is transferring for his senior season. Credit: Courtesy of Pete Buehner

The University of Maine’s best offensive lineman is transferring.

Senior tackle Liam Dobson, a STATS Football Championship Subdivision third-team All-American in 2019, will play his final season elsewhere.

Black Bears head coach Nick Charlton said Dobson intends to play at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, which is a step up from the Football Championship Subdivision in which UMaine competes.

“Liam is a great player and a great guy. I wish him all the best of luck in the future,” Charlton said.

Dobson, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, was a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection in 2019 and earned HERO Sports third-team preseason All-America recognition this fall.

He is the second UMaine player to announce his intention to transfer this year, joining place-kicker Kenny Doak.

Charlton said the fact UMaine didn’t play any games this fall because of COVID-19 was a major reason Dobson and Doak decided to transfer.

“They both had planned to play their senior seasons here this fall,” Charlton said.

UMaine plans to play six Colonial Athletic Association games as part of a season that will begin in March 2021.

Dobson, a hard-nosed 6-foot-3, 340-pounder, is athletic and can dunk a basketball. He graded out as UMaine’s best offensive lineman for every game in 2019 as he averaged 12 knockdowns per game.

He helped the Black Bears post a 6-6 record and average 29.3 points and 425.3 yards per game. That was better production than in 2018, when UMaine won the All-Colonial Athletic Association title and reached the Football Championship Subdivision national semifinals for the first time in school history.

As a sophomore in 2018, Dobson started 14 games at right guard and was an All-CAA second-team selection and a HERO Sports Sophomore All-America honorable mention. He appeared in six games as a freshman, including one start.