Eugene "Geno" Lewis is primed to make a large impact in the passing game as the team's top returning receiver heading into the season. He busted onto the scene for the Nittany Lions during his collegiate debut against Syracuse in MetLife Stadium. Lewis, who redshirted in 2012, hauled in a fourth-quarter 54-yard touchdown pass from fellow freshman Christian Hackenberg to help deliver a 23-17 victory over the Orange. Lewis was tied for fourth on the team with 18 receptions for 234 yards last year, including a season-high six catches at Indiana. A superb athlete with good speed and strong hands, his three touchdown catches were tied for second on the squad. Playing in every game, he made four starts, including the last two contests, in 2013. Lewis also returns as the squad's top kickoff returner, averaging 22.3 yards on his 22 returns during his freshman season. BTN.com selected the former Wyoming Valley West High School standout among its three Breakout Players to Watch in the Big Ten heading into the 2014 campaign. Another in the long line of Northeast Pennsylvania standouts who have matriculated to Happy Valley, Lewis delivered his best outing in the season-finale at Wisconsin, making three catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns in the 31-24 victory over the No. 14 Badgers. He made an electric 59-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter for a 31-14 lead over Wisconsin. Lewis is the team's top returning wideout following the departure of two-time Big Ten Receiver-of-the-Year Allen Robinson and Brandon Felder and is poised to emerge as a leader for the youthful receiving corps this year. The hard-working and determined Lewis earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades last year. He is among 15 returning Nittany Lions from Eastern Pennsylvania.
2013 (Sophomore Season)
Lewis made 18 receptions for 234 yards and scored three touchdowns during his first season on the field. He busted onto the scene during his collegiate debut against Syracuse in MetLife Stadium. His fourth-quarter 54-yard TD catch from fellow freshman Christian Hackenberg helped deliver a 23-17 victory over the Orange. Lewis, who finished fourth on the team in receiving, played in all 12 games and made four starts, including the last two contests. He had his best outing in the season-finale at Wisconsin, registering three catches for 91 yards and two scores in the huge 31-24 victory over the No. 14 Badgers. He made an electric 59-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter for a 31-14 lead in Madison. He also caught a three-yard scoring strike after an alert Hackenberg saw that Lewis was uncovered to tie the game at 14 just before halftime. He also had three catches in the win over Purdue and two grabs at Ohio State. Lewis earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
2012 (Freshman Season)
Lewis was a first-team PIAA Class AAAA all-state selection as a senior at Wyoming Valley West High School, playing primarily quarterback and defensive back. Playing for Coach Pat Keating, he also was selected an Offense-Defense All-American, a two-time Wyoming Valley Conference MVP, the PIAA District 2 Offensive Player-of-the-Year and a three-time WNEP-TV Dream Team honoree. A four-star prospect, Lewis was instrumental in helping the Spartans win a pair of District 2 titles. He ran for 1,534 yards and 28 touchdowns, and threw for 1,012 yards and 10 touchdowns during his senior season. A team captain and four-year letterman, Lewis accounted for 30 touchdowns (18 rushing and 12 passing) as a junior. He was selected second-team all-state and first-team all-district, on offense and defense, as a junior. Lewis also earned All-WVC honors as a sophomore and was the WVC Freshman-of-the-Year in 2008. He was invited to play in the Offense/Defense All-American game and the Big 33 Classic. He also attained second-team all-state honors in basketball.
Full name is Eugene Brenton Lewis. The son of Rev. Eugene Lewis Sr. and Amy Lewis, he has three younger sisters, Alexis, Angel and Helen, and one younger brother, Emmanuel. His father was a standout basketball guard at the University of South Alabama and was selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round of the 1989 NBA Draft. His aunt, Debbie Lewis, played basketball at Pitt and still tops the career assists charts and ranks fourth on the Panthers' career scoring list. Lewis enjoys spending time with his friends. He plans to study human development and family studies and pursue a career as a counselor. He owned a 3.29 grade-point average entering the spring semester. Born April 20, 1993 in Norristown, Pa.