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High School

A 2004 graduate of Westlake (Calif.) High School...the Los Angeles Daily News Offensive Player of the Year...a pre- and postseason All-America selection by Prepstar Magazine...listed as the No. 67 player in California by SuperPrep Magazine...listed as the No. 36 player in California and a preseason All-American by SuperPrep Magazine...rated as the No. 20 quarterback in the nation by in the Cali-Florida High School All-Star game...statistics as a senior included 2,705 passing yards (163 completions on 262 attempts) and 36 touchdowns and only six interceptions...also rushed for 626 yards and seven scores...led Westlake to a Division IV Championship and a 14-0 season...lists that season as his most exciting sports a junior, was all-state, all-league, all-county, All-C.I.F. and league Most Valuable Player...completed 295 passes on 408 pass attempts for 3,200 yards and 32 touchdowns as a junior...also had 800 yards rushing and six rushing touchdowns...also was the Most Valuable Player for Newbury Park's baseball and basketball teams as well...played at Newbury Park High School prior to his senior season...coached by Jim Benkert.
  • Daily News Offensive Player of the Year
  • All-American by Prepstar Magazine
  • No. 67 player in California
  • No. 20 quarterback in the nation
  • Cali-Florida High School All-Star game
  • Division IV Championship
  • 14-0 season
  • All-C.I.F.
  • League Most Valuable Player

Freshman Year

Played in nine games, starting the final five of the season...despite starting fewer than half the season's games, he submitted the finest season by a freshman quarterback in ASU history...earned second-team Freshman All-America honors by named an honorable mention Freshman All-American by Sporting News...earned the Mike Bartholomew Most Improved Offensive Player Award...led the nation and set an ASU single-season record with a 175.01 passer efficiency rating, the first freshman to do so since the statistic began to be tracked in 1979...also led the nation and established a new single-season school record for interception percentage (.008), throwing only two interceptions among his 228 total passing attempts...finished third in the nation and led the Pac-10, completing 68.4 percent of his passes...was the nation's leader averaging 10.0 yards per passing attempt...completed 156-of-288 passes for 2,273 yards and 17 touchdowns on the year...led ASU and finished sixth in the Pac-10 in passing yards...averaged 365.8 passing yards-per-game with a 12-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio as a starter, and held a 4-1 record while at the helm...submitted five of the top six single-game passing performances by an ASU freshman...was named Offensive Player of the Game for his efforts in engineering ASU's comeback victory in the 2005 Insight Bowl against Rutgers, completing 23-of-35 passes (65.7 pct.) for 467 yards and four touchdowns against the Scarlet Knights...his passing yardage that game was the greatest single-game amount by a freshman in ASU history, the highest single-game total in Insight Bowl and ASU postseason history, the ninth-best single-game passing performance in the nation for the season and the eighth-highest single-game total by any quarterback in ASU history...his four touchdown passes against Rutgers stands as the highest total by a Sun Devil passes in a bowl game...took over as ASU's main signal-caller in the second half at Stanford on Oct. 22, and completed 19-of-25 passes (76.0 pct.) for 304 yards and three touchdowns in the game's final two quarters alone...earned Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors following his first career start after completing 27-of-34 passes (79.4 pct.) for 401 yards and three touchdowns against Washington...had season-highs in passing attempts (43) and completions (28) to go along with 381 yards and two touchdowns against Washington State...completed 27-of-37 passes (73.0 pct.) for 334 yards and three touchdowns at No. 14 UCLA...threw for 246 yards against Arizona, and helped lead ASU's second-half, 15-point comeback effort to defeat the Wildcats.
  • Freshman All-American
  • Most Improved Offensive Player Award
  • 175.01 passer efficiency rating

Junior Year

Started all 13 games...earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors for the second consecutive season...completed 246-of-398 passes for 3,202 yards and 25 touchdowns...became the fourth Sun Devil in school history to surpass 2,000 yards passing in three consecutive seasons, joining Jeff Van Raaphorst (1984-86), Jake Plummer (1994-96) and Andrew Walter (2002-04)...finished third in the Pac-10 conference in passing yards and touchdown passes...was one of 15 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, presented annually to the nation's best quarterback...completed 14-of-20 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns in season-opening win over San Jose State on Sept. 1...threw two touchdown passes, both in the second quarter, and was 19-of-37 for 269 yards to help ASU rally from an early 14-point deficit to defeat Colorado on Sept. 8...went 15-of-21 passing for 200 yards and two touchdowns in victory over San Diego State on Sept. 15...had a season-high four touchdown passes and was 25-of-36 for 361 yards to lead the Sun Devils to a comeback win over Oregon State in their Pac-10 opener on Sept. 22...completed 20-of-27 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown in victory at Stanford on Sept. 29...tossed two touchdown passes and went 19-of-27 passing for 217 yards at Washington State on Oct. 6...totaled 227 yards on 20-of-31 passing and threw two touchdowns, including a go-ahead score in the third quarter, against Washington on Oct. 13...completed 17-of-29 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown in victory over California on Oct. 27...passed for a season-high 379 yards on 22-of-36 passing with two touchdowns at Oregon on Nov. 3...had a streak of 106 pass attempts without an interception that stretched over the last five games of the season...went 16-of-31 passing for 200 yards and a touchdown in win at UCLA on Nov. 10...totaled 240 yards on 21-of-30 passing and had one touchdown pass against USC on Nov. 22...completed 20-of-37 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns, including a 20-yard scoring pass to Michael Jones in the fourth quarter that proved to be the game-winning score, in victory over Arizona on Dec. 1...that win improved him to 3-0 as a starting quarterback against Arizona...finished the season by going 18-of-36 passing for 187 yards and two touchdowns in Pacific Life Holiday Bowl against Texas on Dec. 27...was named ASU's Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year at team's year-end banquet.
  • All-Pac-10
  • Semifinalists for Davey O'Brien Award
  • ASU's Most Valuable Offensive Player

Senior Year

Started all 12 games to finish his college career with 43 consecutive starts...was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection for the third straight year...completed 213-of-351 passes for 2,493 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season...finished fourth in the Pac-10 Conference in passing yards, touchdown passes and pass efficiency...was on the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award and Water Camp Award for player of the year as well as the Davey O'Brien Award for most outstanding quarterback and the Unitas Golden Arm Award for the nation's best senior quarterback...completed 22-of-28 passes for 388 yards and a touchdown in a season-opening victory over Northern Arizona on Aug. 30...the 388 yards were the third-highest single-game output in his career...also tied a 56-year-old school record by completing 13 consecutive passes in that win...backed it up by going 27-of-36 for 345 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-17 victory over Stanford on Sept. 6...threw two touchdown passes against UNLV on Sept. 13...was 23-of-36 for 208 yards and a touchdown against No. 3 Georgia on Sept. 20...had a streak of 131 consecutive pass attempts over the course of five games without throwing an interception...completed 22-of-31 passes for 218 yards and threw two second-half touchdown passes in team's victory at Washington on Nov. 8...followed that up by throwing for 213 yards on 17-of-25 passing and had three touchdowns in ASU's 31-0 win over Washington State on Nov. 15...was named ASU's Offensive Most Valuable Player at team's year-end banquet.
  • All-Pac-10
  • Maxwell Award Watchlist
  • Walter Camp Award Watchlist
  • Davey O'Brien Award Watchlist
  • ASU's Offensive Most Valuable Player

Rookie Year

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.


Carpenter was signed off the Cowboys practice squad by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 23, 2009. In November 2010, Carpenter was moved to the active roster of Tampa Bay as the third string quarterback. Following the completion of the 2010 season, he became an exclusive rights free agent. Carpenter re-signed with the Buccaneers on July 29. He was waived during final cuts on September 3, 2011, and re-signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad two days later. With an injury to Bucs starter Josh Freeman, Carpenter was placed on the active roster for the December 4 game against the Carolina Panthers. He made his first NFL game appearance in the game for one snap after Freeman's replacement Josh Johnson was shaken up on a play.