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Matt Zanellato
Matt  Zanellato

Graduate Student

Burke, Va.

High School:
Lake Braddock Secondary

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 210



H.S. Coach:
Jim Poythress


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Front of 72,000

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Michigan @ Penn State

Michigan @ Penn State

➤ 2015 ➤ Senior Season
Season: Appeared in 11 games…Selected as the team’s public service award winner with Ben Kline…Danced in THON in 2016 after raising $17,000 for the Student-Athlete Advisory Board’s (SAAB) THON efforts…First Nittany Lion football player to dance in THON since Shane McGregor in . at Temple (9/5): Combined with Nick Scott for the tackle on the game’s opening kickoff. Michigan (11/21): Made one special teams tackle.

➤ 2014 ➤ Junior Season
Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten for the first time in his career.

Season: Appeared in eight games in 2014. At Michigan (10/11): Made his first career tackle on kickoff coverage. Ohio State (10/25): Notched one stop on kickoff coverage. Maryland (11/1): Recorded one tackle on kickoff coverage.

➤ 2013 ➤ Sophomore Season
Made significant progress on the practice field and in the weight room to increase his playing time...Seeing action in all 12 games, made four receptions for 53 yards. Syracuse (8/31): Had a season-high two receptions for 21 yards in the season-opening win in MetLife Stadium. Eastern Michigan (9/7): Tallied one reception. At Minnesota (11/9): Registered one reception.

➤ 2012 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Saw action in eight games during his first year on the field...Made two receptions for 19 yards. At Purdue (11/3): Recorded his first career reception, good for 8 yards on a touchdown drive, in the 34-9 win. Indiana (11/17): Pulled in an 11-yard reception during a touchdown drive in the 45-22 win.

➤ 2011 ➤ True Freshman Season
Redshirt season.

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

➤ Personal
Full name is Matthew James Zanellato...Son of Tim and Christine Zanellato...Has a brother, Joe, and two sisters, Natale and Ana Sofia...Mother played volleyball at LSU and helped the Tigers win an SEC championship...Brother attended Penn State...Earned a degree in human development and family studies after graduating in December 2014...Born April 23, 1993 in Lafayette, Ind.


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