Starting left guard James Carpenter started all 27 games of his two year career at Alabama, playing left tackle in college while helping the Tide win the National Championship following the 2009 season. Carpenter was the 25th overall pick in the 2011 draft, one of the Tide’s many NFL 1st round draftees under Nick Saban. Carpenter started his first nine games as a pro before suffering a knee injury, and has remained a starter during his three-year career in Seattle. It was Carpenter’s block that led the way for the Seahawks’ first touchdown of Super Bowl XLVIII.
In two seasons at Alabama, Jesse Williams started all 26 games he played in – 13 each at strong-side defensive end and nose guard. Williams finished his career in Tuscaloosa with two National Championship rings, recording 61 tackles with 1.5 sacks, 6.5 stops for losses of 18 yards, seven quarterback pressures and three pass deflections. Williams was drafted in the 5th round of last year’s NFL draft, but spent this season on the injured reserve.
Alabama State’s Tavaris Jackson, a reserve quarterback for the Seahawks, is the only other player listed from either squad from schools in Alabama in this year’s Super Bowl.
The above picture appeared on Williams’ twitter feed following the game, with the caption “Bama we stay Winning.”
With signing day almost here, no doubt it’s helpful for recruits to see a clear path to NFL success through Nick Saban and Tuscaloosa.