Senior center selected to Valley’s top preseason squad; MSU picked to finish ninth by league’s coaches, media and sports information directors
MSU's senior offensive anchor has started 24 consecutive contests at center
Schaffitzel claims unprecedented third-consecutive Team MVP Award Sunday
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MSU Picked Seventh in Valley Preseason Poll Announced Tuesday
A 2013 AP All-American and preseason all-conference pick, Booker looks to rebound after fighting through an injury-plagued junior season in 2014 ... Returned as club’s regular center during spring 2015 drills.
2014: Team co-captain started all 12 games at center as a junior … Earned All-MVC second-team honors ... Tabbed MSU’s Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in home opener vs. North Dakota (9/13/14) … Carried out 83 percent of his assignments and graded out at 86 percent overall for the season with 67 knockdown blocks ... Was a preseason All-American by The Sports Network, USA College Football, College Sports Madness, Phil Steele and TonySoftli.com .... Earned Preseason All-MVFC nod from league coaches, media and SIDs ... Earned MSU AD Honor Roll status for spring 2015 semester ... Sat out the spring season in 2014 while recovering from an injury.
2013: Earned third-team All-America honors from Associated Press during his sophomore campaign while earning All-MVFC first-team honors ... Named MSU Offensive Player of the Year by coaching staff after starting all 12 games at center and posting 86 knockdowns to go with a 98% assignment grade and 84% technique and performance grade ... Earned MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week and MSU Offensive Lineman of the Week for game at Murray State (9/14/13) in which he recorded 12 knockdown blocks, turned in a 100% assignment grade and an 88% performance grade in helping lead MSU to a school-record 99 plays, playing in all of them, while the offense produced the fourth-most first downs (34) in program history, 578 total yards and 366 rushing yards ... Also named MSU Offensive Lineman of the Week for wins over No. 15 South Dakota State (10/19/13) and at Western Illinois (10/26/13) ... Named by MSU Coaching staff as overall MSU Offensive Player of the Week for Central Arkansas game (9/21/13) ... Helped anchor an MSU unit that allowed the fewest sacks (1.12) and posted second-most rushing yards (185.5) in league games ... Athletic Director's Honor Roll for fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters.
2012: Played all 11 games as a redshirt freshman ... Earned MSU Offensive Lineman of the Week laurels for the home win over Western Illinois (10/27/12) ... Named MSU Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week for win over South Dakota (10/13/12).
2011: Redshirted his first season at MSU ... Named MSU Offensive Scout Team Player of Week for Oregon game (9/17/11).
High School: Earned Missouri all-state second-team honors at right tackle and was also an academic all-state honoree as a senior for Coach Chris Allison at Ozark (Mo.) High ... Two-year starter ... Named to the All-Ozark Conference second team as a senior in 2010.
Personal: Robert Edward Booker, Jr. was born 12/16/92 in Prescott, Ariz. ... Son of Robert, Sr. and Leslie Booker of Ozark, Mo. ... Two sisters, Alexis and Micheal ... Majoring in Exercise & Movement Science.