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Rudy Carpenter

Carpenter during his tenure at Arizona State in October 2008
No. 12     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Personal information
Date of birth: April 15, 1986 (1986-04-15) (age 23)
Place of birth: Westlake Village, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Arizona State
Undrafted in 2009
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2008 All-Pac 10 Honorable Mention
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
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Rudy Carpenter (born April 15, 1986 in Westlake Village, California) is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Arizona State.


Early years

Carpenter led Westlake High School to a 14-0 record and the 2003 California Interscholastic Federation Division II championship. [1] Carpenter was named the Los Angeles Daily News Offensive Player of the Year. He was also given a pre and postseason All-America selection by Prepstar Magazine. Carpenter was listed as the No. 67 player in California by SuperPrep Magazine and listed as the No. 36 player in California and a preseason All-American by SuperPrep Magazine. He was rated as the No. 20 quarterback in the nation by He played in the Cali-Florida High School All-Star game. His statistics as a senior included 2,705 passing yards (163 completions on 262 attempts) and 36 touchdowns and only six interceptions, and he also rushed for 626 yards and seven scores and led Westlake to a Division IV Championship and a 14-0 season.

College career



Carpenter started the final five games of his freshman season. During that time he was the most efficient quarterback in the country and led the Sun Devils to a victory over Rutgers in the Insight Bowl. The following fall, Sam Keller, whose injury allowed Carpenter to become the starter in 2005, was named the starting quarterback by then-ASU coach Dirk Koetter. But two days later, Koetter reversed his decision and Carpenter was given the starting job. Keller subsequently transferred to Nebraska and Carpenter went on to have a less than desired season. In 2005, Carpenter earned second-team Freshman All-America honors by and was named an honorable mention Freshman All-American by Sporting News.


Carpenter earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in his first full season as the Sun Devils starting quarterback. Carpenter completed 184-of-332 passes for 2,523 yards and 23 touchdowns and finished third in the Pac-10 Conference in touchdown passes as well as grossing 296 rushing yards (69 net yards). Carpenter completed 17-of-24 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns against Northern Arizona and threw a career-high five touchdowns against Nevada to go along with 333 yards on 17-of-26 passing. He totaled 248 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 21-of-37 passes at Colorado and threw for 177 yards and two scores at California. Carpenter attempted 75 passes over the course of five midseason games without an interception. He ended the season tallying 183 yards of total offense at USC, including a career-high 49 net rushing yards, one of which was a game-high sprint of 38 yards. Carpenter completed 14-of-15 passes against Stanford (93.3 pct.).


In 2007, Carpenter lead the Sun Devils in the passer completion rating, compiling a 68.4% completion average. Carpenter started in all 13 games, and made a bowl appearance in the 2007 Holiday Bowl against Texas.


Carpenter entered the season with 31 consecutive starts, the most out of any ASU Quarterback since Jake Plummer. Against the California Golden Bears on October 4, Carpenter finished with 165 yards passing, including one touchdown pass and two interceptions. He injured his ankle in the final minutes and had to leave the game on crutches.[2] The loss marked the Sun Devils' first three game losing streak since Dennis Erickson's tenure as head coach.[3] ASU lost their final game to Arizona in the Territorial Cup rivalry, giving Carpenter a loss in his final game and ending a three-year streak of Territorial Cup victories by ASU.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Carpenter was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys a day after the 2009 NFL Draft. He was waived on September 5, 2009 and subsequently re-signed to the practice squad the following day. [4]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carpenter was signed off the Cowboys practice squad by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 23, 2009.


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