Update 2- James Franklin released a statement on Lewis, saying "Geno has been a valued member of our team and has made some clutch and catches during our two seasons with him. He has had influence on and has been a great mentor to our young group of receivers. We are very proud to see him leave Penn State with his degree in hand and wish him the best of luck."
Penn State redshirt junior wide receiver Geno Lewis plans to transfer from Penn State to another school for the 2016 season. As a graduate transfer Lewis will be eligible to play immediately.
Lewis had a breakout game in the 2013 finale against Wisconsin, catching two touchdown passes in Penn State's 31-34 upset win. In 2014, he caught 55 passes for 751 yards as the starting receiver across from DaeSean Hamilton, and looked primed to be a big piece moving forward for a young and exciting wide receiver corps.
However, the emergence of Chris Godwin and offensive coordinator John Donovan's love of two tight-end sets led to Lewis seeing an uneven amount of playing time in 2015. Lewis caught just 17 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns in his junior campaign, and saw as few as three snaps of playing time in one game. It is understandable that on a team with a ton of wide receiver talent and with his playing time decreasing that Lewis is looking elsewhere for an opportunity.
Despite a disappointing 2015 season, Lewis still managed to make multiple highlight reel plays. In particular, his touchdown catches against Maryland and Georgia were top plays on the season.
Best of luck to Geno as he moves on.
Thank you Penn State Nation for the incredible journey!! pic.twitter.com/guzFftYNIU— Geno Lewis (@GENOALLDAY7) January 11, 2016