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Matt Zanellato
Matt  Zanellato

Graduate Student

Burke, Va.

High School:
Lake Braddock Secondary

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 211



H.S. Coach:
Jim Poythress


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Matt Zanellato enters the season prepared to play a more impactful role in the passing game. One of just three Nittany Lion returning wide receivers who made a reception in 2013, the redshirt junior will bring skills and experience to a youthful receiving corps in the fall. Possessing good physical attributes, drive and leaping ability, he is recognized as being among the squad's hardest workers in the weight room. Zanellato saw action in all 12 games last fall and made good strides in a bigger role on the offense during spring practice. The former Lake Braddock Secondary School all-state honoree started for the Blue team in the 2014 spring game and made two receptions for 68 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown catch. Last year, he made four catches for 53 yards, including two receptions in the season-opening win over Syracuse in MetLife Stadium. With continued progress on the field and in the weight room, Zanellato should have an opportunity to play a significant role this fall. Zanellato garnered Dean's List recognition by earning a superlative 3.87 grade-point average during the 2014 spring semester. He is an Academic All-Big Ten candidate who is on schedule to graduate in December. Zanellato is one of five Nittany Lions from Virginia and among nine players from metropolitan Washington, D.C.

2013 (Junior Season)
Zanellato made significant progress on the practice field and in the weight room to increase his playing time. Seeing action in all 12 games, he made four receptions for 53 yards. Zanellato had a season-high two receptions for 21 yards in the season-opening win over Syracuse in MetLife Stadium. He also had one reception against Eastern Michigan and at Minnesota.

2012 (Sophomore Season)
Zanellato saw action in eight games during his first year on the field. He made two receptions for 19 yards. Zanellato recorded his first career reception, good for eight yards on a touchdown drive, in the 34-9 win at Purdue. He also pulled in an 11-yard reception during a touchdown drive in the 45-22 win over Indiana.

2011 (Freshman Season)
Redshirt season.

High School
Zanellato was a standout wide receiver at Lake Braddock Secondary School, playing for Coach Jim Poythress. He was named first-team Class AAA all-state and first-team all-met as a senior. Zanellato caught 94 passes for 1,756 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior. He received a four-star rating from and was ranked among the top 50 wide receivers in the nation. Zanellato helped lead the Bruins to a 12-2 season and a Northern Region championship as a senior.

Full name is Matthew James Zanellato. He is the son of Tim and Christine Zanellato. He has a brother, Joe, and two sisters, Natale and Ana Sofia. His mother played volleyball at LSU and helped the Tigers win an SEC championship. His brother attended Penn State. Zanellato is majoring in human development and family studies. Born April 23, 1993 in Lafayette, Ind.

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