Projected starter at strong safety who is coming off an incredible rookie season.
2011: Started 7 of the last 8 games of his redshirt freshman campaign at strong safety ... Had 70 total tackles to rank 14th in the MVFC and fourth on the team and was third on the squad with 31 solo tackles ... Earned MSU Special Teams Player of the Week honors three times, including the season finale win at Youngstown State (11/19/11) in which he returned 4 kickoffs for 158 yards, including a 75-yarder ... Was also Special Teams POW for games at Oregon (9/17/11) and against Indiana State (11/12/11), a game in which he tallied 10 tackles ... Had 12 tackles, including 7 solos, in home game against Illinois State (10/8/11) ... Had 9 stops on homecoming against South Dakota State (10/29/11) ... Brought down 8 ball carriers on the road at No. 4 North Dakota State and in win at Youngstown State (11/19/11) ... Averaged 7.6 tackles in games he started ... Earned MSU Athletic Director's Honor Roll distinction both in the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012 ... Also recognized on the MVFC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award list and MVFC Honor Roll.
2010: Redshirted in his first season at Missouri State ... Named MSU Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week for his efforts in preparing for the Murray State game (10/9/10) ... Earned MVFC Honor Roll status for his 4.0 GPA ... Also named to MSU Athletic Director's Honor Roll both semesters ... Accumulated 6 tackles in the Maroon and White spring game (4/16/11) with 3 solo stops.
High School: One of the most prolific rushers and scorers in Missouri high school history, Schaffitzel broke state career records for touchdowns (141) and all-purpose yards (10,512), while accumulating 8,551 career rushing yards and 119 rushing touchdowns ... The two-time all-state and four-time all-district standout started 47 straight games for Coach Jason O'Neal at Fair Grove (Mo.) High as a two-way performer ... He also accumulated 432 career tackles as an all-star safety with 11 interceptions ... His senior season, he accounted for 50 total touchdowns and carried 275 times for 2,711 yards to help him tally 3,302 all-purpose yards for the Eagles ... Scored 335 points as a junior on 52 total touchdowns, including 44 on the ground ... His final 2 years, he led the Eagles to a combined 25-2 record and state playoff semifinal and quarterfinal appearances ... Also started 2 seasons for the Fair Grove baseball team.
Personal: Caleb Jay Schaffitzel was born 10/23/91 in Springfield, Mo. ... Son of Tony and Gaye Schaffitzel of Fair Grove, Mo. ... Has a sister, Erika ... His mother, Gaye, attended Missouri State ... Majoring in Wildlife Conservation and Management.