Let’s take a little closer look at the Seattle Seahawks 25th pick James Carpenter:
OUTLOOK: James Carpenter came in as a junior college transfer in 2009 and solidified the left tackle spot … was a second-team All-SEC honoree … selected to the preliminary Lombardi Award Watch List … has started all 14 games of his Crimson Tide career and helped block for 11 100-yard rushers … a candidate for first-team All-SEC and All-America honors in 2010 … won the Paul Crane Offensive Lineman Award following spring practice.
2010 (SENIOR): Carpenter started all 13 games of the 2010 season and 27 straight games at left tackle during his two-year career at the Capstone … first-team All-SEC selection by the league coaches and second team pick by the AP … on the watch list for the Outland Trophy … one of the top left tackles in the Southeastern Conference … named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following his performance in week eight at Tennessee … helped the Crimson Tide rank 22nd nationally in total offense, racking up 444.08 yards per game … the Tide also rank 29th nationally running the ball at 182.92 yards per game and 27th passing at 261.5 ypg … anchor of an offensive line that has provided time for the nation’s No. 4 quarterback in passing efficiency … blocked for five 100-yard rushers this season and 16 during his UA career. San Jose State: Helped pave the way for the Crimson Tide to rush for 257 total yards. Penn State: Cleared a path for Trent Richardson to rush for a career-best 144 yards as the Tide totaled 180 yards on the ground. Duke: Started and helped UA to a fast start scoring 28 first-quarter points and 45 first-half points … blocked for 626 yards of total offense, including 315 on the ground. Arkansas: Helped the Crimson Tide mount a second-half comeback in Fayetteville behind a rushing attack led by 157 yards from Mark Ingram and 227 total on the ground … helped Greg McElroy complete 69 percent of his passes and complete all four of his passes on third down in the second half for 44 yards and four first downs. Florida: Cleared a path for 170 rushing yards and two Ingram touchdowns while McElroy completed 64.7 percent of his passes with no picks. South Carolina: Started his 20th straight game for the Crimson Tide as Alabama accounted for 315 passing yards. Mississippi: Helped the Crimson Tide total 319 yards of total offense in a methodical 23-10 win over the Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Tennessee: Earned his eighth straight start at the left guard position … helped provide the time for the Tide to throw for 326 yards … helped provide the blocks for Alabama to rush for 210 yards, including 119 by Richardson and 88 by Ingram … was the Offensive Player of the Week by the UA coaching staff following the win over the Vols and the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. LSU: Helped pave the way for Mark Ingram to rush for 97 yards … provided time for McElroy to throw for 223 yards and two touchdowns. Mississippi State: Cleared a path for 452 yards of total offense, including 175 on the ground and 277 in the air … did not allow a sack or a pressure. Georgia State: Started his 25th consecutive game at left tackle … played most of the first half and the first series of the second half in a 63-7 win over the Panthers … helped block for 478 total yards, including 262 on the ground. Auburn: Blocked for a Crimson Tide offense that accounted for 446 yards of total offense, including 377 passing and 108 yards on the ground. Michigan State: Helped the Crimson Tide roll up 546 yards of total offense, including 275 yards on the ground … did not allow a sack or a hurry and helped the Tide average 6.2 yards per rush … provided times for UA quarterbacks to completed 19-of-23 passes for 271 yards.
2009 (JUNIOR): He started all 14 games at left tackle in his first season at Alabama … a second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press … one of three new starters on the offensive line that cranked out 403.0 yards of total offense per game, which ranked 42nd nationally and 215.07 yards on the ground – 12th in the nation … running back Mark Ingram was the beneficiary of the lines solid play, ranking 11th nationally in rushing at 118.43 ypg … helped the Tide achieve impressive balance with 215.07 yards per game on the ground and 187.93 per game in the air … helped clear the way for 11 100-yard rushers … provided time for quarterback Greg McElroy to post a 140.55 passing efficiency rating that ranked 28th nationally … left tackle on an offensive line that allowed just 1.43 sacks per game to rank 36th nationally and fourth in the SEC as a unit … the Tide offensive line also went the final 38 quarters of the 2009 season with having a holding penalty enforced. Virginia Tech: Made his first career start at Alabama while helping the Tide put up a total of 498 yards of offense, including 268 on the ground against the No. 7 Hokies … provided the blocks that aided Mark Ingram to being named the SEC Offensive Player of the week. Florida International: Carpenter helped Alabama amass 516 total yards of offense, including 275 on the ground … was named the Tide’s offensive player of the week for his dominant work along the offensive front … provided the holes that led to 6.5 yards per carry … helped newcomer Trent Richardson rush for 118 yards en route to being named the SEC Freshman of the Week. North Texas: For the third straight week, Carpenter helped the Tide total at least 498 yards of total offense (523 total yards) and at least 250 yards on the ground (260 rush yards) … provided blocking that enabled the Tide to average 5.8 yards per carry and have three rushers tally over 75 yards each. Arkansas: He helped Alabama total over 400 yards (425) of total offense … helped newcomer Trent Richardson earn his second SEC Freshman of the Week accolade … helped provide time for McElroy to throw for 291 yards and a career-best three touchdowns. Kentucky: Blocked for another 100-yard rusher as Mark Ingram tallied 140 yards and a 6.4 yards per carry average … helped the team rush for over 200 yards (204). Mississippi: Opened holes for Ingram’s 172-yard rushing effort, the fourth 100-yard effort by a UA player this season … helped the Tide rush for 200 yards, average 4.9 yards per carry and produce 354 yards of total offense. South Carolina: Helped pave the way for Ingram to rush for a career-best and Bryant-Denny Stadium record 246 yards … led the way for the team to rush for 264 yards … helped open the holes for the Tide to average 6.9 yards per carry. Tennessee: Had a solid performance as the offensive line did not allow a sack … provided room for Mark Ingram to rush for 99 yards and average 5.5 yards per carry. LSU: Cleared a path for Ingram to reach triple digits in rushing yards for the fifth time in 2009 with 144 yards on 22 carries … did not allow a sack from his spot at left tackle and provided time for McElroy to complete 19 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns. Mississippi State: Opened holes for 444 yards of total offense, including 252 on the ground and 192 in the air … blocked for his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season as Ingram exploded for 189 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 70-yard burst up the middle against a stout Bulldog defense … led an offensive line that did not allow a sack as McElory connected on 13-of-18 passes, no interceptions and two touchdowns. Chattanooga: Played only the first half as the Crimson Tide routed the Mocs 45-0 … did not allow any sacks on a first-team line that also kept the quarterback’s jersey clean … helped clear a path for a season-high 313 rushing yards and Ingram’s seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season … provided time for the quarterbacks to complete 62.5 percent of their passes. Auburn: Helped the Tide roll up 291 yards of total offense … allowed time for Alabama to pass for 218 yards. Florida: Carpenter cleared a path for 490 yards of total offense and 251 yards on the ground against the nation’s No. 1 total defense entering the game … the rushing yardage was the most allowed to date by the Gators during coach Urban Meyer’s tenure … helped Ingram crack the 100-yard barrier for the eighth time this season … the line allowed just one sack and gave time for McElroy to post a 196.53 passing efficiency rating. Texas: Helped the Crimson Tide rush for 205 net yards, which was the most allowed by the Longhorns all season … blocked for two 100-yard rushers as Mark Ingram went for 116 yards and Trent Richardson 109 … it was the first time Alabama had two 100-yard rushers since the 2004 season opener, a span of 77 games.
JUNIOR COLLEGE (2007-08): He played for two seasons at Coffeyeville [Kan.] Community College … was named to the first-team Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) All-League team … coached by Darian Dulin at Coffeyville CC.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: A January 2009 enrollee at Alabama, Carpenter filled an important need on the Crimson Tide’s offensive line … won the Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award following spring practice in 2009 … a four-star junior college recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com … Rivals.com’s No. 32 junior college prospect … listed at No. 13 on SuperPrep magazine’s Juco 100 … originally signed with Iowa State out of Heqhzibah High School … spent two seasons at Coffeyville [Kan.] Community College an all-area performer for John Bowen at Hephzibah [Ga.] High School … chose the Crimson Tide over Oklahoma, Mississippi, Iowa State, Texas Tech, South Carolina and Oklahoma State.