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Matt Zanellato
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Matt  Zanellato

Class:
Graduate Student

Hometown:
Burke, Va.

High School:
Lake Braddock Secondary

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 210

Position:
WR

Experience:
SR

H.S. Coach:
Jim Poythress

 

04/06/2015

Nittany Lion Football Announces Leadership Council

Leadership Council consists of 25 players and will be a voice for the team

12/23/2014

Sixteen Pre-Bowl Graduates in Top 10 Percent Among FBS Institutions

Sixteen Nittany Lions Have Earned 18 Degrees Prior to New Era Pinstripe Bowl

04/12/2014

Blue Squad Topples White, 37-0 in 
Front of 72,000

Chiappialle runs for 63 yards, two scores as Blue defeats White on 70 degree day in Beaver Stadium

09/07/2013

Nittany Lions Soar Past the Eagles, 45-7

Hackenberg breaks Penn State freshman passing record with 311 yards; Belton and Lynch each run for 108 yards

04/20/2013

Blue Beats White, 67-47, as Spring Practice Wraps Up

Nittany Lion season-opener set for Aug. 31 at MetLife Stadium

10/12/2013

Michigan @ Penn State

Michigan @ Penn State

  • With his degree in hand after graduating in December prior to the Pinstripe Bowl, Zanellato enters the 2015 season as the veteran inside the wide receiver unit.
  • Zanellato has played in 28 career games during the last three seasons, making him one of the most experienced players on the offensive side of the ball. He again will add depth and experience to the receiving corps and special teams units 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 earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for his efforts in the classroom during the 2014 season and graduated with a degree in human development and family studies in December 2014.
  • Zanellato is one of seven returning Nittany Lions from Virginia.

    ➤ 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 Scout.com 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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