Penn State WR Geno Lewis announces transfer to Oklahoma

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Geno Lewis is leaving Penn State and heading to the Big 12 for his final season of college football.

Lewis, a wide receiver who just completed his redshirt junior season with the Nittany Lions, announced Monday that he will transfer to Oklahoma.

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Lewis graduated from Penn State with a degree in human development and family studies, so he will be eligible to compete immediately for the Sooners.

After Penn State’s loss to Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl, Lewis told reporters that he was considering a graduate transfer. Lewis had his best game of the season in the bowl with three catches for 53 yards and a touchdown, but his role in the offense diminished this season.

He finished with 17 catches for 196 yards and three scores this season, far below the 55 catches for 751 yards he had in 2014. He also had 18 catches for 234 yards and three scores as a redshirt freshman in 2013.

"Geno has been a valued member of our team and has made some clutch and memorable catches during our two seasons with him," Penn State head coach James Franklin said in a statement. "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."

With PSU’s top two receivers, Chris Godwin and DaeSean Hamilton, returning, plus the influx of young talent at the position, Lewis decided to move on. Oklahoma is losing two of its top three receivers – Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal – so Lewis will likely have a good shot at increased playing time in Norman.

Lewis is the second Penn State receiver to transfer to OU in recent years. Justin Brown transferred to Oklahoma in 2012 for his final season and put up 73 catches for 879 yards and five touchdowns – all career highs. 

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