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Washington State receiver Robert Lewis awarded sixth year of eligibility by NCAA

Washington State wide receiver Kyle Sweet, left, congratulates wide receiver Robert Lewis after his touchdown reception against Colorado during the first half  Nov. 19, 2016, in Boulder, Colorado. (David Zalubowski / AP)

PULLMAN – A Washington State wide receiver corps that should already be one of the strongest in the Pac-12 Conference this fall got deeper on Tuesday.

Not because it added a new face, but because it retained an old one.

Slot receiver Robert Lewis, who didn’t appear in 2017 because of an injury sustained before the season started, earned a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA, which granted him an extension of clock waiver.

Standout WSU linebacker Peyton Pelluer got similar news in late January after he’d applied for the same waiver when a foot injury cut short his senior season by nine games.

WSU’s linebackers and receivers were already projected to be two of the team’s most talented units come 2018. Both are also relatively young, making more crucial the return of Pelluer and Lewis, who’ve combined to play in 79 games for the Cougars.

Lewis was WSU’s top choice at the “H” receiver position before he tore an ACL during the team’s final preseason scrimmage at Martin Stadium.