Booker, Schaffitzel Earn AP All-America Honors
Dec. 19, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State placed a pair of football standouts on Associated Press FCS All-America squads, as junior Caleb Schaffitzel earned a spot on the AP's first team, and sophomore Robert Booker claimed third-team honors as one of 13 Missouri Valley Football Conference players selected for national honors by the organization. Schaffitzel becomes the ninth Bear to earn first-team All-America recognition from the AP, while Booker is the third MSU offensive lineman to record an All-America nod in the last four seasons.
Schaffitzel, who also picked up first-team All-America honors from the Walter Camp Foundation and The Sports Network on Wednesday, was an All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first-team pick for the second season in a row after pacing one of the strongest defensive units in the conference with a career-best 110 total tackles this fall. Additionally, he was a finalist for the 2013 Buck Buchanan Award honoring the top defensive player in the Division I FCS ranks, finishing 15th overall in the voting.
MSU's strong safety led the MVFC in interceptions (0.50) and rated second among all league players in tackles per game (9.6) and passes defended per game (1.25) in league play, while recording his second consecutive season with over 100 total stops. Overall, the Fair Grove, Mo., product currently ranks second in the MVFC in both tackles (9.16) and interceptions (0.33), good for 44th and 31st nationally, respectively.
Booker, a first-team All-MVFC choice from Ozark, Mo., started all 12 games at center and carried out 98 percent of his assignments while grading out at 84 percent overall for the season with 86 knockdown blocks. He was named MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week on Sept. 14 and earned team offensive lineman of the week recognition on three occasions.