James Carpenter (American football)

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James Carpenter
James Carpenter.jpg
Carpenter in December 2013.
No. 77 New York Jets
Position: Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-03-22) March 22, 1989 (age 26)
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
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Games played: 45
Games started: 39
Stats at NFL.com

James Carpenter[1] (born March 22, 1989), also known as Big James, is an American football guard for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seattle 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 offensive guard for the Hephzibah Rebels high school football team.

Considered a two-star recruit by Scout.com, Carpenter was listed as the No. 193 offensive guard in the nation in 2007.[2]

Carpenter received only one offer, which was by Iowa State. He committed on February 6, 2007, however he struggled academically and was placed at Coffeyville Community College by Iowa State.

College career[edit]

In two seasons at Coffeyville, Carpenter started every game at left tackle for the Red Ravens and earned All-Conference (KJCCC) honors twice. In 2008 he was named to the NJCAA All-American first team.[3]

Rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Carpenter was ranked as the No. 32 junior college prospect in 2009.[4]

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 Alabama.[6]

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]

Carpenter went on to start every game at left tackle for the Crimson Tide in 2009 and 2010.

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Seahawks[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".[8] He was selected with the 25th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.[9] Carpenter started 9 games in his rookie season before suffering a season ending ACL injury and being placed on the injured reserve. Carpenter was limited to 7 games in 2012 still recovering from an ACL injury. In 2013, Carpenter appeared in 16 games with 10 starts, the year Seattle attended Super Bowl XLVIII and defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8, giving Carpenter his first career championship title and the Seahawks their first Super Bowl win in franchise history. In 2014, Carpenter started 13 games and led the Seahawks to Super Bowl XLIX, where they lost to the New England Patriots 24-28.

New York Jets[edit]

On March 10 2015, Carpenter signed a four-year contract with the New York Jets.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "James Carpenter official pro-football profile.". http://www.pro-football-reference.com. Pro-Football Reference. Retrieved June 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ James Carpenter - 2007 Scout.com Recruiting Profile
  3. ^ "2008 NJCAA All-Americans", NJCAA.org, retrieved December 7, 2009 
  4. ^ James Carpenter - 2009 Rivals.com Recruiting Profile
  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. ^ "Names to remember on draft day". SI.com. Associated Press. April 26, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ Goodbread, Chase (April 28, 2011). "Four UA players go in first round". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  10. ^ Jets to sign James Carpenter to four-year deal
  11. ^ Lange, Randy (March 11, 2015). "Jets Sign Unrestricted FA Guard James Carpenter". Retrieved March 11, 2015. 

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