MSU Picked Seventh in Valley Preseason Poll Announced Tuesday
Bears football standouts Caleb Schaffitzel and Robert Booker earn preseason laurels
More than 200 Missouri State student-athletes earn academic distinction
More than 200 student-athletes achieve a 3.0 GPA or higher during fall 2012 semester
Sat out the spring while recovering from a minor injury ... The 2013 AP All-American is arguably the top center in the MVFC and will push for national laurels as a junior.
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.