Next up in VBR’s Penn State player previews leading up to the start of the 2014 season is wide receiver Geno Lewis. After being given a redshirt his first year in 2012 and impressing the coaching staff on the scout team, Lewis got a chance to show off his skills in 2013. He saw time in every game last season and made four starts, including the final two games of the year. Now, with top wide receiver Allen Robinson gone to the NFL, Lewis will be leaned upon as the No.1 wide receiver for the Nittany Lions.
The talented receiver finished 2012 on a high note, catching two touchdowns in the season finale victory at Wisconsin. Overall, he finished with 18 catches for 234 yards and three touchdowns.
He will be used heavily in the passing game, especially to start the year, as he has the most experience of all of the Penn State receivers. Along with the loss of Robinson, Brandon Felder, the second-leading receiver on the team last year, graduated and is no longer around.
Lewis has a valuable combination of good hands and speed. Coming out of high school, Lewis was a 4-star recruit and had offers from the likes of Michigan State, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. At six-foot-one, 201 pounds, he’s got good size and is very athletic.
During the upcoming season, Lewis should quickly become one of quarterback Christian Hackenberg‘s favorite targets. He’s already proven to be reliable and will look to take a big step forward in 2014. Lewis has a lot of upside and could end up with somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 receiving yards and five touchdowns.