Honors Continue for Bears' Standout Safety Schaffitzel
Oct. 29, 2012 | CFPA Interview with Schaffitzel
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Honors continue to roll in for Missouri State sophomore safety Caleb Schaffitzel (Fair Grove, Mo.) who was named FCS National Defensive Back of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards on Monday (Oct. 29).
Schaffitzel, who was also named Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week this week, 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 CFPA was organized in 2010 to provide the most scientifically-rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
The Bears (3-6, 3-3 MVFC) close out a two-game home stand this Saturday at 1 p.m. against No. 1-ranked and defending Division I FCS national champion North Dakota State (7-1, 4-1).
For tickets to Saturday's 2012 home finale and senior day showdown with No. 1 NDSU, visit MissouriStateTix.com. Tickets are also available by stopping by the Chevy Pickup Window at JQH Arena or calling (417) 836-7678 during box office hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekdays and starting at 10 a.m. on game day.