The Cougs are set to bring back one of the youngest and most talented wide receiving corps in the nation. On Tuesday, the unit added more talent and a crucial veteran presence.
Washington State announced Tuesday that wide out Robert Lewis has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. Lewis missed the entire 2017 season after tearing his ACL in the team’s final preseason scrimmage.
Lewis was set to be Washington State’s top choice at the “H” receiver position coming into fall camp until his injury changed plans for the Cougs. During his three season on the field in Pullman, Lewis started 22 games, recording 117 catches for 1,254 yards to go along ith six touchdowns.
WSU lost their top two wide receivers from last season, with the apparent dismissal of Tavares Martin Jr., and the departure of Isaiah Johnson-Mack, but the Cougs won’t be hurting for players in that position in 2018. Washington State returns their leading ball catcher, running back James Williams, but they also have plenty of talent at wide out.
Easop Winston, Renard Bell, Dezmon Patmon, Jamire Calvin and Tay Martin all impressed during spring ball and look to join the rotation this fall. But the unit is especially young, with just one senior on the roster in Kyle Sweet. Lewis is sure to add some veteran guidance and help lead the young core.
The NCAA waiver is similar to news the Cougs received earlier in the offseason. Lewis follows in the footsteps of linebacker Peyton Pelluer to was granted a sixth season after a foot injury caused him to miss nine games in 2017.
As Theo Lawson pointed out, the linebacker unit is also especially young and the return of two players who have combined to play in 79 games for WSU is a huge win for the Cougs.
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