An NFL first round selection, 25th overall in 2011, the third year veteran has started 26 out of 32 career games. James Carpenter, 6-5, 321 pounds, was a 2010 All-SEC performer and started 27 consecutive games at left tackle for the Tide after transferring from Coffeyville Community College (KS).
Hephzibah HS (GA) Head Football Coach John Bowen realized the mammoth mobile lineman was destined for stardom. "I told my coaches that day to be prepared for a shocker. I thought he was going to be drafted way higher than anyone anticipated. He was 6-5, 300 plus pounds and could move. Those are two things that will pay your way and get you a look from scouts. You still have to do something with those things and that's what he's obviously done. You could see he is athletic, fast and has good feet for a big guy. He was a late bloomer and the Juco route proved to be a blessing for him." Carpenter played both guard and tackle in high school. The experience proved to be valuable as the switch inside to left guard was seamless.
'BAMA Magazine/BamaMag.com had a chance to interview Carpenter and his Seattle Seahawk position coach on Tuesday at Super Bowl Media Day. The powerful lineman with the reputation for uttering few words managed to answer a few questions. Carpenter stated fast and physical is the approach for the Seahawks offensive line on Sunday. Former Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams (2011-12) is on the reserve/injured list for the Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle Seahawks Offensive Line Coach, Tom Cable speaking of James Carpenter:
Why did you select him in the NFL draft? "We always really thought he would be a guard - that would be his future. When we drafted him we brought him into play right tackle. We just believed he was the right thing for Seattle. Now that he has been healthy this entire year, I think he is on his way back to being what everybody thought he could be."
Why is he a good player for the Seattle Seahawks? "Brute power. He is a monster. He is one of the most powerful guys I have ever coached. He loves to play. He gets it. He was well trained in college and came from a great program as everybody knows. He brings a different element of power to the game."
What did you have to teach this former college offensive tackle about transitioning to guard in the NFL? "There is not a lot you really had to change except him understanding at tackle there is so much more space in dealing with the elements of speed and when you move inside it becomes more like a street fight. It's closed quarters. When you're big like he is and playing in smaller places it's pretty good."