WIDE RECEIVERS / QUARTERBACKS
In 2018, Mozzochi took on the challenge of a youthful wide receiver group that included five freshmen, three transfers and a combined total of two receptions going into the season. That bunch combined for 75 catches and eight touchdowns over the season, led by a combined 46 and six from starters Mataio Talalemotu and Emmanuel Daigbe, and they all return for 2019.
At quarterback, Mozzochi managed the dual threat of sophomores Davis Alexander and Jalani Eason as they combined for over 2,000 passing yards and 14 touchdowns, nearly 800 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, and both of them return in 2019.
Now a pair of experienced positions, Mozzochi should see even better results in the coming season.
Mozzochi led Darnell Adams to an All-Conference season in 2017. He also helped Josh Kraght transition from quarterback for three successful seasons at receiver. Those two combined for nearly 200 receptions, 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns in their careers.
Prior to coming to Portland State, Mozzochi coached quarterbacks at Western Oregon. Under his guidance in 2014, Western Oregon quarterbacks combined for 3,405 yards and 29 touchdowns. The Wolves led the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) in passing yards per game with an average of 309.5, including a season-high 413 against Portland State.
Mozzochi played two seasons for Western Oregon and tallied 2,846 passing yards, completing 203-374 passes with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Along with his performance in the air, Mozzochi tallied 196 yards rushing with six touchdowns. As a junior, Mozzochi led the GNAC in both passing efficiency rating at 137.2 and yards per completion with an average of 14.9.
Prior to playing at Western Oregon, Mozzochi spent three years at Idaho State University. He prepped at Columbia River High School in Vancouver, WA. He is the son of Portland State Volleyball Coaching Hall of Famers Jeff and Marty Mozzochi.
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR / OFFENSIVE LINE
Now in his eighth season as a coach at Portland State, Viking football alum Matt Leunen is in his second season as offensive coordinator as well as offensive line coach.
After working with a very young group in 2018 - particularly at the skill positions - Leunen will have an experienced offense in 2019. It will feature nine returning starters and 29 letterwinners.
During his time as tight ends coach, Leunen produced a pair of All-Conference performers (Maximo Espitia, Charlie Taumoepeau). Taumoepeau went on to first team honors and was a second team All-American selection in 2018.
Leunen has spent most of his time coaching tight ends and tackles during his tenure at Portland State - the two positions he played as an undergraduate for the Vikings.
In 2016, Leunen had two players earn All-Big Sky Conference honors in tight end Maximo Espitia and left tackle Randin Crecelius.
Both of Leunen’s starting tackles earned All-Big Sky Conference honors in 2015. Kyle Smith was named second team All-Big Sky and Mike Davis earned third team.
Leunen was an assistant coach at PSU from 2011-13, was away from the program for a year, then hired back by Bruce Barnum in 2015.
Leunen’s first coaching stint at PSU was 2011-13, when he coached tight ends. It came after spending the 2010 season as tight ends coach at Pacific University.
Leunen was a member of the Viking program from 2005-09. He started his career as a tight end, but moved to offensive tackle in 2007 when the tight-end-less Run-and-Shoot offense was installed. Leunen started at right tackle for two seasons on an offense that led the nation in passing. He was selected as an Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference performer in 2009.
An Oregon native, Leunen was a standout football and basketball player at Redmond High School, earning First Team All-Intermountain Conference and Second Team All-State honors at both tight end and punter.
Leunen earned his degree in Social Science from Portland State in 2010.