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James Carpenter (American football)

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Carpenter in December 2013.
No. 77 New York Jets
Position: Offensive guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-03-22) March 22, 1989 (age 31)
Place of birth: Augusta, Georgia
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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 Template:If empty statistics as of 2014
Games played: 45
Games started: 39
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James Carpenter (born March 22, 1989), also known as Big James, is an American football offensive 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

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, Carpenter was listed as the No. 193 offensive guard in the nation in 2007.[1]

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

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.[2]

Rated as a four-star recruit by, Carpenter was ranked as the No. 32 junior college prospect in 2009.[3]

Although he remained an Iowa State signee, he began visiting other schools "just […] to make sure I make a good decision".[4] He made official visits to Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Ole Miss, before eventually committing to Alabama.[5]

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".[6]

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

Professional career

Seattle Seahawks

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".[7] He was selected with the 25th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.[8] Carpenter started 9 games in his rookie season before suffering a season ending ACL injury and being placed on the injured reserve.

New York Jets

On March 10, 2015, Carpenter signed a four-year contract with the New York Jets.[9][10]


  1. ^ James Carpenter - 2007 Recruiting Profile
  2. ^ "2008 NJCAA All-Americans",, retrieved December 7, 2009 
  3. ^ James Carpenter - 2009 Recruiting Profile
  4. ^ Crabtree, Jeremy (September 10, 2009), "Neuheisel takes to road and air to see recruits", USA Today 
  5. ^ Porter, Yancy (November 30, 2008), "OT James Carpenter decides on Alabama", 
  6. ^ Fiutak, Pete (June 16, 2009), "2009 Alabama Preview – Offense", College Football News 
  7. ^ "Names to remember on draft day". Associated Press. April 26, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ Goodbread, Chase (April 28, 2011). "Four UA players go in first round". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ Jets to sign James Carpenter to four-year deal
  10. ^ Lange, Randy (March 11, 2015). "Jets Sign Unrestricted FA Guard James Carpenter". Retrieved March 11, 2015. 

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