Arguably one of the strongest position groups that Penn State will have going into spring practice is their wide receiver unit. The Nittany Lions return every one of their wide receivers from the 2012 season. Reigning Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year award winner Allen Robinson headlines a group that also includes key contributors Brandon Moseby-Felder, Alex Kenney and Trevor Williams. One young man who will certainly figure to play a key role as a wide receiver in 2013 is redshirt freshman Eugene Lewis.
Considered by many to be Penn State’s biggest recruit from its 2012 class, Lewis stands at a solid 6-foot-2, 199 pounds. He has had a year to learn under the tutelage of wide receiver coach Stan Hixon and watched Allen Robinson dominate opposing secondaries all season long. Word out of training camp this past summer and out of practices this past fall was that Lewis is one of the most athletic players on the team. He was the scout team quarterback when they needed to simulate dual-threat quarterbacks such as Braxton Miller and Taylor Martinez. So even while redshirting, Lewis found ways to contribute to the team.
Robinson and Moseby-Felder figure to have the two starting wide receiver spots locked up. Kenney will again see significant playing time and Williams, who played in eight games as a true freshman, will probably see more snaps as well. Rising redshirt sophomore Matt Zanellato played sparingly in 2012 and only recorded two catches. The only wide receiver coming in with the 2013 class is Virginia native DaeSean Hamilton. Considering all the receivers that Penn State will have for the 2013 season, don’t be surprised if Hamilton is redshirted.
There are a decent amount of wideouts who are ahead of Lewis on the depth chart who have more experience. Obviously the success of all these receivers will depend on who the new quarterback is. How much playing time Lewis will see next season his hard to forecast at this point in time. But if what’s been said about Lewis is true, he should be able to find a way to continue making contributions.
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