Schaffitzel and Swan Earn Academic All-District Honors
Nov. 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD -- A pair of Missouri State football standouts, Matt Swan (Sr., TE, Springfield, Mo.) and Caleb Schaffitzel (Jr., S, Fair Grove, Mo.) have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced late Thursday (Nov. 7).
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. The District 6 Team includes all Division I programs (FBS and FCS) in the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. It is the second straight year Schaffitzel has been honored as an Academic All-District 6 selection, while Swan picked up the honor for the first time.
Schaffitzel, who has a 3.92 grade-point average in Conservation and Wildlife Management, earned Academic All-America second-team honors as a sophomore. He currently leads the Missouri Valley Football Conference in interceptions per game (0.4) and ranks third in total tackles (9.1) and passes defended (1.1). Among all FCS players, he ranks 28th in interceptions, 39th in passes defended and 51st in tackles. Last season, he earned All-America honors and the NCAA FCS Defensive Back of the Year Award from the College Football Performance Awards among his abundance of postseason honors.
Swan, a post-graduate student, has a 3.57 cumulative GPA in Business Administration. Like Schaffitzel, Swan is a co-captain who has started all 10 games for the Bears this season. He has a pair of receptions, including a touchdown this fall, and has been an outstanding performer on special teams. He earned MSU Special Teams Player of the Week honors for last week's win over Indiana State, a game in which he blocked a punt, his second block of the season. Swan was also named MSU Special Teams Player of the Year in 2012.
Schaffitzel and Swan will help lead the Bears into a critical MVFC game this Saturday at 2 p.m., when MSU (4-6, 4-2 MVFC) travels to Southern Illinois (5-4, 3-2 MVFC). Terry Allen's Bears are currently tied for third place in the Valley standings, a half game ahead of the Salukis who sit in fifth place.