Penn State’s master of the circus catch is taking his act to another program.
Redshirt junior receiver Geno Lewis, who earned his degree in human development and family studies in December, is taking advantage of the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule to move on to Oklahoma.
He announced the decision via Twitter.
The transfer comes as little surprise, as Lewis saw a significant reduction in his playing time and production during the 2015 season. The Wilkes-Barre, Pa., native was State’s second-leading receiver in 2014, with 55 catches for 751 yards and two scores.
But with sophomore Chris Godwin emerging as one of the top pass-catchers in the Big Ten and redshirt sophomore DaeSean Hamilton having another solid year, Lewis’ role was reduced in ’15.
His 17 catches were fewer than he had as a redshirt freshman in 2013, and he accounted for only 196 yards. He did, however, haul in three TD passes, including a great sideline grab that kept PSU alive in its TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Georgia.
With towering rookies Irvin Charles and Juwan Johnson set to come out of redshirts next season, Lewis’ playing time figured to decrease even more.
Lewis finished his PSU career with eight TD grabs. But he always seemed to have a flare for the dramatic, whether it was hauling in a 59-yard bomb for a score in the 2013 opener vs. Syracuse, making several crazy catches to help lead PSU to victory in the 2014 opener vs. UCF in Ireland or snagging the TD pass in what turned out to be his final game a Lion.