James Carpenter (American football)

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James Carpenter
James Carpenter.jpg
Carpenter in December 2013.
No. 77     Seattle Seahawks
Offensive Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-03-22) March 22, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: Augusta, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 321 lb (146 kg)
Career information
High school: Hephzibah (GA)
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Debuted in 2011 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Games played 32
Games started 26
Stats at NFL.com

James Carpenter (born March 22, 1989) also known as Big James is an American football offensive guard for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seahawks as the 25th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football for Alabama.

High school career[edit]

Carpenter attended Hephzibah High School in Hephzibah, Georgia, where he played for the Hephzibah Rebels high school football team. Regarded as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com,[1][2] Carpenter was not ranked among the nation's top offensive linemen prospects. He received minor attention by college teams, and committed to Iowa State before he made an official visit. Carpenter, however, struggled academically and was placed at Coffeyville Community College by Iowa State.

College career[edit]

In two seasons at Coffeyville, Carpenter vastly improved and soared to a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.[3][4] He started every game at left tackle for the Red Ravens and was earned All-Conference honors twice. Although he remained an Iowa State signee, he began visiting other schools "just […] to make sure I make a good decision".[5] He made official visits to Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Ole Miss, before eventually committing to the Alabama Crimson Tide.[6]

At Alabama, Carpenter faced the difficult task to replace All-American left tackle Andre Smith. While analysts did not expect him to dominate as a run blocker like Smith, they saw him as "a rock in pass protection".[7]

College awards and honors[edit]

  • 2008 NJCAA All-American first team[8]
  • 2007, 2008 First Team All-KJCCC

Professional career[edit]

Carpenter had a good post-season performance and, according to Sports Illustrated, went "from a third-round choice to a player who could be a surprise pick late in round one".[9] He was selected with the 25th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.[10] Carpenter started 9 games in his rookie season before suffering a season ending ACL injury and being placed on the injured reserve.


  1. ^ James Carpenter Recruiting Profile, Rivals.com 
  2. ^ James Carpenter Recruiting Profile, Scout.com 
  3. ^ James Carpenter Junior College Recruiting Profile, Rivals.com 
  4. ^ James Carpenter Junior College Recruiting Profile, Scout.com 
  5. ^ Crabtree, Jeremy (September 10, 2009), Neuheisel takes to road and air to see recruits, USA Today 
  6. ^ Porter, Yancy (November 30, 2008), OT James Carpenter decides on Alabama, Scout.com 
  7. ^ Fiutak, Pete (June 16, 2009), 2009 Alabama Preview – Offense, College Football News 
  8. ^ 2008 NJCAA All-Americans, NJCAA.org, retrieved December 7, 2009 
  9. ^ "Names to remember on draft day". SI.com. Associated Press. April 26, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  10. ^ Goodbread, Chase (April 28, 2011). "Four UA players go in first round". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 

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