Matt Zanellato made the most of the opportunities presented last spring when injuries sidelined several wide receivers over the course of the 15 practice sessions. The talented and athletic Zanellato adds size to the receiving corps and should have an opportunity to earn time in the rotation this season. He made two catches for 33 yards in the 2012 Blue-White game, including a leaping 30-yard grab from Paul Jones to help set up a touchdown.
2011 Season Freshman Season
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 Scout.com 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.