Former Oklahoma and Penn State WR Geno Lewis catches on with Cincinnati Bengals
Oklahoma wide receiver Geno Lewis celebrates with fans after the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game against Auburn in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. Oklahoma won 35-19. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Former Penn State wide receiver Geno Lewis, who transferred to Oklahoma for his senior season, will get his NFL shot with the Cincinnati Bengals, he announced on his Twitter page. Lewis caught 32 passes for 388 yards and two scores in his lone season with the Sooners. He graduated from Penn State in 2015 and opted to transfer and pursue his master’s degree at Oklahoma.
Thank God for giving me this opportunity with the Cinncinati Bengals. #GodGotMe
— Geno Lewis (@GENOALLDAY7) April 30, 2017
Lewis was a former four-star recruit from Wyoming Valley West High School who committed to Joe Paterno and played under both Bill O’Brien and James Franklin during his time in Happy Valley. He was ranked the No. 21 wide receiver and No. 156 player in the country in the 2012 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Lewis finished his Penn State career with 90 catches for 1,181 yards and three touchdowns. He played a big part in the Lions’ passing attack in James Franklin’s first season, catching 55 passes for 751 yards and two scores, but saw his role diminish in 2015, when he caught 17 passes for 196 yards and three scores. Lewis announced he would transfer after that season, along with linebackers Troy Reeder and Gary Wooten Jr. and cornerback Daquan Worley.
Lewis played in 13 games and made one start for the Sooners and finished as the team’s fourth-leading receiver. He caught touchdown passes in Oklahoma wins over Kansas and Oklahoma State, highlighted by a 10-yard scoring grab in the final seconds of the first half against the Cowboys that knotted the game at 17-17. Oklahoma went on to win that contest, 38-20.
Lewis flashed his athletic prowess at the Sooners’ Pro Day, where he posted a 38.5-inch vertical jump and 129-inch broad jump and was clocked in the 40-yard dash in 4.60 and 4.63 seconds.