Penn State receiver Geno Lewis set to transfer to Oklahoma
January 11, 2016 1:52 PM
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Penn State wide receiver Geno Lewis runs after a reception as Georgia's Dominick Sanders closes in during the first half of the TaxSlayer Bowl on Jan. 2.
By Audrey Snyder / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Wide receiver Geno Lewis will continue his playing career at Oklahoma, the Penn State receiver announced on his Twitter account today.
Lewis, who graduated from Penn State and will be able to play for the Sooners right away, transfers from a Penn State team that has a deep receiving corps of scholarship players. Given the struggles of the Penn State offense the last two seasons Lewis’ departure shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. He caught 17 balls for 196 yards and three touchdowns this season as a redshirt junior.
"This was not an easy decision but I feel like it is time to move on to the next chapter of my life,” Lewis wrote in a statement today, the first day of the spring semester at Penn State. “Penn State will always be in my heart, and no one can ever take that away."
Lewis’ ability to elevate and come down with jump balls, especially in the end zone, was what he did best. The player with the best vertical leap among the receiving corps broke out in a big way as a redshirt sophomore, catching eight passes for 173 yards and a touchdown in the 2014 season opener against Central Florida.
Lewis caught 55 passes for 751 yards and two touchdowns in 2014 before seeing fewer opportunities this year, partially because of the offense’s inability to move the ball. The Lions also have several scholarships tied up in the receiving corps, including two in freshmen Juwan Johnson and Irvin Charles, who both redshirted this season.
A former high school quarterback and standout basketball player, Lewis’ athleticism allowed Penn State to open up its bag of tricks on offense occasionally, as evidenced this past season when he threw a 32-yard touchdown pass in the Lions’ loss to Northwestern.
Lewis’ departure is one of many since the Nittany Lions’ TaxSlayer Bowl loss Jan. 2 to Georgia. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg and defensive tackle Austin Johnson opted to declare for the NFL draft, shifting the focus to redshirt freshman quarterback Trace McSorley and a defensive line that needs to replace three of its front four.
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