SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State junior Caleb Schaffitzel picked up first-team All-America laurels from both The Sports Network and the Walter Camp Football Foundation Wednesday (Dec. 18). The matching honors for Schaffitzel mark the second-straight year the Fair Grove, Mo., product has been tabbed for TSN’s FCS All-America squad, while his selection to the Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision All-America team is the first for a Bear since 2010.
Schaffitzel was one of just 25 FCS players named to the prestigious Walter Camp All-America team and, along with three-time North Dakota State All-American Marcus Williams, one of only two Missouri Valley Football Conference players tabbed for the organization’s top defensive squad. The Bears’ leading tackler was also among 14 Valley football players named to one of The Sports Network’s All-America teams, matching the Big Sky Conference for the most selections from any FCS league.
In addition to being named the 2012 FCS Co-Defensive Back of the Year by the College Football Performance Awards, Schaffitzel earned third-team All-America honors from both the Associated Press and The Sports Network as a sophomore. A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America selection as well, Schaffitzel becomes the seventh Bear to earn All-America recognition in at least two separate campaigns and the first since Clay Harbor was named an All-American in each of his final three years at MSU.
Schaffitzel joins Cornelius Perry (1963-65), Tom Mullen (1972-73), Preston Estes (1985, 1987), Bill Walter (1990-91), Adrion Smith (1991, 1993) and Clay Harbor (2007-09) as the only players in MSU program history to achieve All-America status in multiple seasons.
One of just two juniors named to this year’s Walter Camp Foundation All-America defensive unit, Schaffitzel was an All-MVFC 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. Additonally, 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, he currently ranks second in the MVFC in both tackles (9.16) and interceptions (0.33), good for 44th and 31st nationally, respectively.