Penn State will have a plethora of talented veteran and young wide receivers this season that will be featured in Bill O'Brien's diverse and fast-paced offense. Redshirt freshman Geno Lewis is among the young Nittany Lions who have worked hard during their first year in Happy Valley and are seeking to emerge as contributors this fall. The highly-skilled and swift Lewis has worked hard in the weight room and on the practice field, gaining 15 pounds since his arrival as a result of the strength and conditioning program. An all-state player at Wyoming Valley West High School, he was a key contributor on the scout team in 2012 in his redshirt season. Lewis is an instinctive and versatile athlete with good hands who could emerge as a deep threat in the passing game and also return kicks. He joins guard Eric Shrive and linebacker Nyeem Wartman as Nittany Lions from northeastern Pennsylvania who should play a significant role this season. He is a potential Academic All-Big Ten candidate. Lewis is a young man with a great attitude, an ever-present smile and a very promising future on and off the field.
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.