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All-SEC for both of his years starting at left tackle, Carpenter was a pivotal part of the offensive success the Tide had during the past two seasons. He might lack the quickness the NFL looks for on the blind side, but likely is athletic enough for right tackle and also projects well inside at guard. A steady, durable and reliable performer, don't be surprised if Carpenter ends up as a quality starter somewhere in the NFL.
Positives: Impressive athlete. Excellent technique, decent knee bend and good hand placement. Can sink hips and generate power. Slides feet and extends arms well in pass protection. Has power in hands and can move defenders. Can run and hit second-level targets. Good ability to anchor, seal, trap and pull. Well-schooled in an NFL-style offense. Tough and durable, never missing a start.
Negatives: Lacks the elite foot quickness needed for the NFL left tackle position. Somewhat stiff in hips and hence doesn't change directions well. Frame is good except legs are a bit long. Vulnerable to double moves, especially inside. Pass protection set is somewhat high. Can be late off snap, mostly with a lot of crowd noise. Dives too much.
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.
James Carpenter has started all nine games at left tackle in his first season at Alabama ... one of three new starters on the offensive line that has cranked out 414.67 yards of total offense per game, which ranks 31st nationally and 213.0 yards on the ground - 14th in the nation ... running back Mark Ingram has been the beneficiary of the line's solid play, ranking sixth nationally in rushing at 127.56 yards per game ... helped the Tide achieve impressive balance with 213 yards per game on the ground and almost 202 yards per game in the air ... helped clear the way for six 100-yard rushers in nine games ... provided time for quarterback Greg McElroy post a 132.57 passing efficiency rating that ranks 50th nationally ... leader of an offensive line that is allowing just one sack per game to rank 12th nationally and first in the SEC as a unit. 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.
FIU: 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 dominate 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 the holes 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 ... provided the 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 the holes 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.
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.
A January 2009 enrollee at the University of 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 fourstar 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.
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07/30/14 - LG James Carpenter again impressed early in camp with his improved shape and stamina and has secured the starting spot. Carpenter was the team's first pick in 2011 and while he has started 26 games, he has been viewed as not quite living up to his draft standing due in part to issues with his weight and knees. But his knees are healthy now and the weight has come down.
06/18/14 - OL James Carpenter grabbed a solid hold of the starting left guard spot after splitting time there last season with Paul McQuistan, who since signed with the Cleveland Browns.
Carpenter, the Seahawks' first-round pick in 2011, said a running program helped him lose about 15 pounds to get down to 327 and that he feels as good as he has at this point in a year in quite a while. This is regarded as a make-or-break year for Carpenter after the team declined to pick up his 2015 option that could have paid him more than $7 million.
01/25/14 - LG James Carpenter got the start in the NFC title game against the 49ers after rookie Michael Bowie had gotten the start the previous week against the Saints. Coaches are vague about who will start in the Super Bowl. But it would be little surprise if they stuck with Carpenter, in a rotation with Paul McQuistan, since they cited experience and handling the moment as a reason for why they went back to Carpenter and McQuistan in the NFC title game.
01/20/14 - LG James Carpenter got the start as Seattle again shook up its offensive line, going back to the rotation of Carpenter and Paul McQuistan at left guard in place of rookie Michael Bowie, who went from starter to inactive. Coach Pete Carroll said the position would be re-evaluated again this week. While Bowie played every snap of the playoff win over the Saints, Carroll said they preferred to go with experienced players against the 49ers.
09/10/13 - OL James Carpenter played the majority of time at left guard in place of Paul McQuistan. However, Pete Carroll would not say if the University of Alabama product will start against San Francisco.
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