Schaffitzel, Cooper-Falls Lead Valiant MSU Effort, But Late Turnovers Result in 21-17 Setback
The fifth-year senior continues to give the Bears a solid option in the offensive backfield with solid power and speed ... After two previous spring injuries, he saw limited carries in the spring, but had 16 yards on 3 carries (5.3 ypc) in Maroon and White Game (4/20/13).
2012: Finished third on the team in rushing yards (318) and carries (73) while ranking second in yards per carry (4.4) ... Also ranked 18th in the MVFC in rushing yards per game (28.9) ... Earned the start at No. 25 South Dakota State (9/29/12) ... Averaged 15 carries and 67 yards per game over the team's last four contests, including a 95-yard effort in the win over Western Illinois (10/27/12) with a touchdown ... Posted 78 yards on 18 carries against No. 1 North Dakota State (11/3/12) ... Set a personal high with 19 carries in win at No. 11 Illinois State (10/20/12) and earned MSU Offensive Player of the Week honors ... Scored touchdowns against South Dakota (10/13/12) and at UNI (11/17/12) ... Also had 4 receptions at UNI.
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 MVFC 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.