During the next two months leading up to the Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, Sooners Illustrated will breakdown the Oklahoma Sooners’ roster, starting with Jarvis Baxter (No. 1 on the roster) and working all the way down to Marquise Overton (No. 98) and the incoming freshmen.
We’ll look at last year’s performance, the best-case scenario for this season – without projecting injuries – and what each player means to the short-term or long-term success of the Sooners.
No. 5 – WR Geno Lewis (6-foot-1, 201 pounds)
At Penn State: 17 receptions, 196 yards, 3 touchdowns
What happened last year: Lewis had a big drop in production in his final year at Penn State. As a junior, Lewis finished with 55 catches and 751 yards. Oklahoma is likely hoping for a replication of Lewis’ junior year production than last year’s version.
Level of importance for Sooners (1-10): 5. Behind Mark Andrews and Dede Westbrook, Lewis is another one of those depth guys. He’s likely not first in line to provide some depth production, but he’ll get a shot as a veteran with size and strength. If he produces in any way, it’ll be a positive for Oklahoma. There won’t be many worries if Lewis only matches last season’s numbers either.
Best-case scenario for this season: Lewis’ experience should allow Oklahoma’s coaching staff to be confident in playing him at multiple positions. Lewis’ perfect season would start with winning the starting job on the outside across from Dede Westbrook. It would likely conclude with about 50 catches, 600 yards and six touchdowns. He definitely has a chance to reach those numbers, but it’s all about how quickly Lewis adapts to the Sooners’ offense. Based on spring results and evaluation, that should be pretty quick.