Schaffitzel, Cooper-Falls Lead Valiant MSU Effort, But Late Turnovers Result in 21-17 Setback
The team's top rusher in 2009, Cooper-Falls enters his fourth season in the program and looks to bounce back from a knee injury that kept him sidelined for all of the 2011 season, including 2012 spring drills.
2011: Suffered ACL injury in spring workouts and missed his entire sophomore season. Had 20 carries for 49 yards (2.5) in three spring scrimmages in 2011 before the injury.
2010: Finished the 2010 spring scrimmage series with 17 carries for 38 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but was injured (knee) in the Maroon and White Game (4/24/10) ... Was issued a medical redshirt.
2009: Earned Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team honors ... Led the team in rushing yards (424) despite starting just 2 games and playing 9 ... Finished 10th in the league in rushing and 18th in total offense ... Named MSU Media Player of the Week and team Offensive Player of the Week after a 105-yard rushing effort at North Dakota State (10/24/09) on 16 carries with a touchdown in his first-ever career start ... Also collected 69 yards on 16 carries in win at Western Illinois (10/17/09) ... Ended the season with games of 59 yards and 58 yards, respectively against Indiana State (11/7/09) and at Southern Illinois (11/14/09), getting 4.3 yards per carry during that stint ... Scored first career touchdown in home win over UT Martin (9/12/09) ... Earned double-figure carries each of the last 5 games and averaged 62.8 rushing yards per game during that stretch ... Also tied for seventh on the team in receptions with 7 catches for 31 yards.
High School: Four-year starter at running back and corner back at Hillcrest High in Springfield where he averaged 9.4 yards per carry and scored 15 touchdowns in 2008 ... The second-team Class 5 All-State standout rushed for 1,200 yards, earning All-Ozarks Conference, all-region and second-team all-area honors for Coach John Beckham as a senior, while guiding Hillcrest to the Class 5 state playoffs ... He was also a first-team All-Ozarks Conference pick as a junior, tallying 990 rushing yards with 17 touchdowns ... Qualified for the Class 4 state track meet in the long jump and 100-meter dash as a junior.
Personal: Mikael Dewayne Cooper-Falls was born 8/9/89 in Fayette, Mo. ... Son of Anne Falls of Springfield, Mo. ... Has a brother, Lee, and two sisters, Lexyanna and Mianna ... Majoring in Criminology.