MSU Picked Seventh in Valley Preseason Poll Announced Tuesday
MSU Senior Earns Spot on Initial List of Players Under Consideration for The Sports Network's Award Honoring the Top FCS Defender
Bears football standouts Caleb Schaffitzel and Robert Booker earn preseason laurels
Coach Allen and Caleb Schaffitzel Preview Game Against #15 South Dakota State
One of the top defensive backs in the FCS ranks, the All-American Schaffitzel enters his senior campaign with unlimited potential to lead the MSU secondary.
2013: Earned consensus first-team All-America honors from Associated Press, The Sports Network, Walter Camp Football Foundation and College Sporting News Fab Fifty ... Became the first Bear in the school's Division I era to earn first-team Academic All-America distinction ... Named All-MVFC first-team defensive back and MVFC All-Academic Team first-teamer ... Ranked 2nd in the MVFC and 43rd nationally in tackles per game (9.2) while tying for 2nd in the league and ranking 31st in interceptions (0.33) ... He also finished 3rd in the MVFC in passes defended (1.00) ... Named to the prestigious Buck Buchanan Award Watch List for Division I FCS defensive player of the year ... Earned CFPA Defensive Back player of the year watch list honors ... Earned postseason team awards as MSU Team MVP and MSU Media Player of the Year ... Earned Beyond Sports Network (BSN) Co-National Defensive Player of the Week honors for Bears' win over No. 24 Illinois State (9/28/13), in which he notched 11 tackles and an interception ... Won CFPA Defensive Back Performer of the Week honorable mention twice -- first for game at No. 1 North Dakota State (10/12/13), in which he had a 19-yard interception return for a TD to go along with 7 tackles; and the next week's home win over South Dakota State (10/19/13), in which he brought down 14 ball carriers, had a 25-yard interception return and brock up 4 passes ... Also named MVFC Defensive Player of the Week (10/19/13) and earned game ball from coaching staff for the win over South Dakota State ... Earned MSU Defensive Player of the Week honors for Central Arkansas (9/21/13) and NDSU games ... Led club with 111 total tackles, including 37 solo stops, with 4 interceptions ... Had 10+ tackles in 6 of 12 games, including season-high 15 stops with 7 solos in season finale against UNI (11/16/13) ... Also had 14 tackles in win over Indiana State (11/2/13) as well as 10 tackles at Iowa (9/7/13) and vs. Central Arkansas (9/21/13) ... Also posted his only sack of the campaign at Iowa where he finished with 1.5 TFLs ... Had interceptions in 3 straight games 10/12/13-10/26/13 ... Served as team co-captain and was a Preseason First-Team All-MVFC pick ... Named to Athletic Director's Honor Roll for fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters as well as MVFC President's Council Award, Commissioner's Award and Honor Roll ... Did not participate in spring 2013 drills while rehabbing from shoulder surgery.
2012: Earned Associated Press (third team) and The Sports Network (third team) All-America honors as well as Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America (second team) honors ... Named by College Football Performance Awards as 2012 FCS Defensive Back of the Year ... Earned All-MVFC first-team honors as well as Academic All-MVFC first-team distinction ... Started all 11 games at strong safety and led Bears with 109 total tackles and 5 interceptions, which ranked 23rd and tied for 10th among all FCS players ... Had the fourth-best tackles-per game average (9.91) in the MVFC and third-best interception average (0.45) ... Registered career-high 20 total tackles, including 13 solo stops at No. 23 Louisville (9/8/12) to earn MSU Media Player of the Week ... His tackle total at Louisville (20) was the second-highest single-game total in the MVFC in 2012 ... Earned MVFC Defensive Player of the Week and CFPA National Defensive Back of the Week laurels in back-to-back weeks for his 9 tackles and 2 interceptions in the win over Western Illinois (10/27/12) and 10 tackles and 2 interceptions against No. 1 North Dakota State (11/3/12) ... His 100-yard interception return for a TD against NDSU was the longest in MSU history and just the fifth 100-yard pick-six in MVFC history ... His effort against NDSU also earned Schaffitzel CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Week honors as well as The Sports Network, BSN and College Sports Journal FCS National Defensive Player of the Week honors ... Posted 13 stops in home opener against Murray State (9/15) ... Tallied 11 tackles at No. 25 South Dakota State (9/29/12) and in first win of the year against South Dakota (10/13/12) ... Brought down 9 ball carriers, had a 24 yard interception return and broke up 2 passes in win at No. 11 Illinois State (10/20/12) ... Had 3 kickoff returns of 23 yards or more in 5 attempts (22.4 avg.) ... Earned MSU Defensive Player of the Week honors for games at No. 22 Kansas State, vs. Southern Illinois and against No. 1 NDSU ... Named MSU Media Player of the Year and voted Team MVP by coaching staff ... Earned Athletic Director's Honor Roll honors in fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters as well as Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District 6.
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 ... Mother attended Missouri State ... Graduated in May with a degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management.