Class of 2012 players to watch: No. 2

During the week, NittanyNation will look at different players from the 2012 class that could make a big impact next season

No. 2 player to watch: WR Eugene Lewis

After playing quarterback in high school, Lewis needed a season to redshirt in order to familiarize himself with the receiver position, learning routes and different packages. But he was the headline of the 2012 recruiting class for a reason -- and he has great athleticism and potential.

Lewis' ability so impressed assistant coach Stan Hixon, a man who's coached Pro Bowlers, that the rookie was nearly pressed into service anyway. The main reason he sat on the bench? Hixon acknowledged they were simply preparing for the future. And Lewis is undoubtedly the future at his position.

He could very well slide into the No. 2 WR spot next season, possibly at the slot, a position he also practiced at in 2012. He's not a burner -- he runs in the 4.5s -- but he can bring the ball down in traffic and boasts tremendous hands.

Bill O'Brien, who affectionately refers to him as "Geno," said he was one of the top players on the scout team ... err, Dirty Show ... every week. He's a quick learner, and he could've made an impact on this team as a true freshman. Next season, he could be the biggest surprise on the offense.

Quotables: "Eugene Lewis is a player that came in here with us and we really had high expectations for, and the more we saw in him, he really didn't disappoint us." - Hixon