Missouri State Safety Named Valley Defensive Player of the Week
Oct. 28, 2012
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri State sophomore safety Caleb Schaffitzel (Fair Grove, Mo.) has been named Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Sunday (Oct. 28).
Schaffitzel snagged two interceptions and logged nine total tackles in Saturday's impressive 42-3 homecoming win over Western Illinois, MSU's third straight conference victory.
He had 65 yards in interception returns, including a 47 yarder, and had the second-highest tackle total in the game. He became just the fifth Bear since 2006 to tally two interceptions in a single game and posted the team's longest interception return since Jimmie Strong's 91 yard touchdown return at WIU on Oct.22, 2011.
Schaffitzel, who has started 15 straight games, now has 95 total tackles and three interceptions on the season and is on pace to become just the second player during the Terry Allen era (2006-present) to secure 100 or more tackles in a season.
The Bears (3-6, 3-3 MVFC) close out a two-game homestand this Saturday at 1 p.m. against defending Division I FCS national champion North Dakota State (7-1, 4-1). The Bison were ranked No. 3 nationally last week and will almost certainly move up in the national polls Monday after No. 1 Eastern Washington lost over the weekend.
For tickets to Saturday's 2012 home finale and senior day showdown with NDSU, visit MissouriStateTix.com. Tickets are also available by stopping by the Chevy Pickup Window at JQH Arena or calling (417) 836-7678 during regular box office hours.