Eugene Lewis
No. 87     Edmonton Elks
Lewis with the Elks in 2023
Born: (1993-04-20) April 20, 1993 (age 31)
Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Career information
StatusActive
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)Wide receiver
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight208 lb (94 kg)
CollegePenn State
Oklahoma
High schoolPlymouth (PA) Wyoming Valley West
Career history
As player
20172022Montreal Alouettes
2023–presentEdmonton Elks
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star2021, 2022
CFL East All-Star2019, 2021, 2022
Awards2022 Terry Evanshen Trophy
Career stats
Receptions276
Targets438
Receiving yards4,347
Receiving touchdowns28

Eugene Brenton Lewis (born April 20, 1993) is a Canadian football wide receiver for the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[1] He played college football for the Penn State Nittany Lions and Oklahoma Sooners.[2][3]

Early life

Lewis played four years of football at Wyoming Valley West. He joined Ron Powlus and Raghib Ismail as one of the most heavily recruited players from the Wyoming Valley Conference.[4]

Lewis was recruited to play at Penn State by coach Joe Paterno, though he also had offers from Oregon and Virginia Tech, among other schools.[5]

College career

Lewis played for the Penn State Nittany Lions from 2012 to 2015. He was redshirted in 2012. He transferred to play for the Oklahoma Sooners in 2016. He played in 51 games, starting 19, during his college career, catching 122 passes for 1,569 yards and 10 touchdowns.[6]

Professional career

Pre-draft

Lewis was rated the 71st best wide receiver in the 2017 NFL draft by NFLDraftScout.com.[7]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
204 lb
(93 kg)
4.62 s 1.59 s 2.67 s 4.35 s 7.09 s 38+12 in
(0.98 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
9 reps
All values from Oklahoma Pro Day[7]

After going undrafted, Lewis attended rookie minicamp with the Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks in May 2017.[8]

Montreal Alouettes

Lewis signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) on June 12, 2017.[9] His first season in the CFL was quiet, playing on only two games and catching seven passes. Lewis briefly restarted his basketball career in November 2017 with the NEPA Stars & Stripes franchise in the American Basketball Association.[10] In the following two seasons in the CFL, Lewis became a starting wide receiver for the Alouettes, playing in all 36 regular season games and catching a combined 116 passes for 1,960 yards with nine touchdowns. Lewis was named a CFL East All-Star following the 2019 season.[11] After the 2020 season was cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic he re-signed with the Alouettes on December 16, 2020.[12] Lewis had an outstanding season in 2021, catching 62 passes for 964 yards with nine touchdowns. His strong play was rewarded as he was named a CFL All-Star for the first time in his career.[13] On December 16, 2021, Lewis and the Alouettes agreed to a contract extension through the 2022 CFL season.[14] Lewis had an outstanding season with the Alouettes in 2022, playing in 17 regular season games and catching 91 passes for 1,303 yards with 10 touchdowns. He finished second in the league in receptions, and third in both receiving yards and touchdown receptions. He was named the East Division's Most Outstanding Player, earning the Terry Evanshen Trophy in the process.[15] In late January 2023, as a pending free agent, Lewis took to social media to announce his intention to enter free agency in February.[16]

Edmonton Elks

Lewis joined the Edmonton Elks as a free agent on February 14, 2023.[17] On June 29, 2023, Lewis was placed on the six-game injured list with a knee injury.[18] At the time of the injury he had played in three games, and caught 11 passes for 200 yards and one touchdown.

References

  1. ^ "Eugene Lewis".
  2. ^ Johnson, Travis (September 26, 2014). "Penn State football: Mentally tough Lewis uses father's struggles as inspiration". Centre Daily Times. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  3. ^ Sokoloski, Paul (October 4, 2014). "A star in the making". Times Leader. Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  4. ^ BENNETT, STEVE. "Recruiting of Valley West's Eugene Lewis created huge buzz". Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  5. ^ Bennett, Steve. "Tech-savvy JoePa makes recruiting pitch to Lewis". Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  6. ^ "GENO LEWIS". soonersports.com. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Geno Lewis". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  8. ^ Bennett. Steve (May 10, 2017). "Former Valley West star Lewis headed to Seahawks". seahawks.com. Archived from the original on August 26, 2017. Retrieved August 26, 2017.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  9. ^ "CFL TRANSACTIONS". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on August 26, 2017. Retrieved August 26, 2017.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  10. ^ Bufano, Matt. "Lewis joining NEPA Stars & Stripes". Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  11. ^ "2019 CFL Division All-Stars Announced". CFL.ca. 2019-11-06. Retrieved 2021-10-13.
  12. ^ "Adams Jr. restructures deal with Als; team retains WR Eugene Lewis". CFL.ca. December 16, 2020. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  13. ^ "2021 CFL Division All-Stars unveiled". CFL.ca. 2021-11-24. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
  14. ^ TSN ca Staff (2021-12-16). "Alouettes extend QB Adams Jr., WR Lewis - TSN.ca". TSN. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
  15. ^ "Collaros, Lewis in the running for CFL's outstanding player award". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 2023-01-26.
  16. ^ 3Down Staff (2023-01-25). "CFL all-star Eugene Lewis says he's going to free agency, tweets epic Allen Iverson rant". 3DownNation. Retrieved 2023-01-26.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  17. ^ "Elks ink receiver Eugene Lewis". goelks.com. February 14, 2023. Retrieved February 14, 2023.
  18. ^ "Edmonton Elks Eugene Lewis placed on six-game injured list". TSN. 2023-06-29. Retrieved 2023-06-30.