Player Spotlight: Geno Lewis

Player Spotlight: Geno Lewis

This has been a season of stepping up to the plate for Penn State. With a young team of over 18 true and redshirt freshmen, as well as a head coach who is in his second year as a Nittany Lion, the 2015 season has been all about raising the level of play to sky high levels.

Quiet force Geno Lewis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) has recently been in the news for his quick-thinking plays and slippery moves out on the turf.

In fact, Head Coach James Franklin has described Geno Lewis as being one of the more consistent players on the team.

Lewis, a wide-receiver, began making a name for himself in 2013, his redshirt season. Lewis appeared in all 12 games that year, starting four of them. He immediately caught fans’ eyes when in the squad’s opening win against Syracuse (8/31), he caught a 54 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

As a sophomore in 2014, Lewis started 11 of 13 games. He also was second on the squad with 55 catches for 751 yards and two touchdowns that fall. Against rival Ohio State last year, Lewis caught an 11 yard catch on the team’s 77 yard game-tying drive, which gave Penn State an overtime chance against OSU.

This year, Lewis has been a force on the field, most notably against Northwestern. He scooped up the ball and hit DaeSean Hamilton with a 32 yard touchdown pass. This scoring opportunity was critical for the Lions, who took the lead from the Wildcats off of this lone play.

Lewis is not only a standout on the field, but off the turf as well. He is currently on track to graduate with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) this December. Upon graduation, he hopes to become a counselor. As a freshman, Lewis received Academic All-Big Ten honors.

Lewis was born Eugene Brenton Lewis, and is the son of Rev. Eugene Lewis Sr. and Amy Lewis. Lewis is a big brother: he has three younger sisters and one younger brother. He comes from a basketball family, as more than three of his family members, including his father and sister Alexis played or currently play for a collegiate basketball program.

When not adding five pounds of muscle in his offseason (which happened this past summer), Lewis enjoys spending time with his tremendous family. Lewis notes that his family has helped him become the player he is today.

We can certainly expect more magic from the speedy and fast-thinking Lewis as the Lions head into a tough final game against force Michigan State. Number seven on the turf, but number one in our hearts, cheer as loud as you can for quiet superstar Geno Lewis on 11/21 at Beaver Stadium!