Aug 31, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Geno Lewis (7) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Syracuse Orange at MetLife Stadium. Penn State defeated Syracuse 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Football: WR Geno Lewis Discusses His Development, Animal Planet and More

Penn State wide receiver Geno Lewis enters the 2014 season as the most likely candidate to take over the No.1 spot left vacant by the departure of Allen Robinson to the NFL. Lewis ended 2013 in a big way and will look to keep it going this season. Victory Bell Rings recently caught up with the talented receiver for a few quick questions.

1. You entered last season as a redshirt freshman with a lot of potential.  This year, you are entering as the favorite to be the No.1 receiver. Have those expectations changed your preparation at all heading into 2014?

First I just have to say I thank the Lord Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity to even be in this position. I still prepare myself as to where I have a lot to prove. I practice hard every day and no matter how good I’m doing, I still prepare to get better each day because there is always something I can learn and work on.

 

2. As the No.1 receiver, you will be filling the shoes of Allen Robinson. Is there anything you learned from him over the years or any tips that he gave you to help with the pressure of being considered the top target in the passing game?

Allen Robinson was a great player and a great mentor. When I got to Penn State he put me under his wing. I was always taught at a young age that big time players make big time plays in big time games. Allen told me don’t listen to what’s going on with the outside world because you control your own destiny. Be confident in your game and make plays. Actions speak louder than words so what you do on the field are your answers.

 

3. How has the culture and the atmosphere at Penn State changed with the new coaching staff?

 Since I’ve been here our team has been through so many changes. The thing is now at this point we have been through so much that it doesn’t affect us much because we have become a strong family. Welcoming the new staff has gone really well. Coach Franklin has been doing a great job and we are behind him 100%. There’s nothing that could break apart the family we have here. We are really ONETEAM.

 

4. Can you describe your relationship with Christian Hackenberg and how does that transfer to success between quarterback and wide receiver on the field?

Hackenberg and I have a great relationship. And now that Allen is gone we have become even closer. We watch film together, throw extra, and talk a lot more. Me and him just really want and need to be on the same page this year. I just want him to have that comfort zone with me to where if things break down during a game that I’ll be there to have his back. The more chemistry we have the better for both of us.

 

5. What’s one thing that fans would be surprised to know about  you?

Something that would surprise fans about me is that I am a big Animal Planet/National Geographic type guy. I watch those two channels all the time. I just find a lot of that stuff very interesting and like watching it.

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