COLLEGE: The Cowboys selected Bobby Carpenter with their first pick in the 2006 NFL Draft to give them a tough, athletic linebacker to lineup opposite of their first round selection last year, DeMarcus Ware. Carpenter has the size and speed to be an effective run stopper while also being able to pressure the passer with speed (4.63 in the 40) and bull-rushing ability. He is also a solid athlete who can cover backs out of the backfield or tight ends in the passing game. One of the more accomplished defenders to come out of Ohio State in recent years, Carpenter finished his Buckeye career 10th on the school's all-time quarterback sacks list with 14.5. As a member of what was considered to be the best linebacking corps in college last season, he helped the Ohio State defense lead the nation in rushing defense and finish fifth in both total defense and scoring defense. The son of former NFL running back, Rob Carpenter, who played for Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells with the N.Y. Giants (1983-85), the younger Carpenter has benefited from the experience of having a father who played in the NFL and coached him in high school.
2005: Carpenter wrapped-up his college career by earning All-Big Ten Conference second-team honors for the second consecutive year after posting 49 tackles, a career-high eight sacks, 10.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and three pass deflections. He played a key role in the Buckeyes 10-2 record and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl. Carpenter started his senior season with three tackles, one sack and one tackle for a loss against Miami before posting 11 stops and two tackles for a loss against Texas. Against San Diego State he had three stops with two sacks and two tackles for a loss before posting another three stops and one sack and one stop behind the line of scrimmage against Iowa. He tied his season-high with 11 stops the next week against Michigan State while also posting both season-high and career-high numbers with four sacks and four tackles for losses. At Indiana he added three stops before recording another four at Minnesota. Against Illinois he managed one tackle and added six stops against Northwestern. He sufferred a broken right fibula at Michigan and was unable to play in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame due to injury.
2004: An All-Big Ten Conference second-team selection, Carpenter posted a career-high 93 stops, two sacks and 6.5 tackles for losses. He also intercepted three passes and had three pass deflections. In four games he had at least 10 tackles, leading the team in tackles in three of those. In the season opener against Cincinnati he tied for the team lead with nine tackles before posting a career high 13 stops against Marshall. He notched three stops at North Carolina State and added another 10 at Northwestern to go along with an interception. Against Wisconsin he posted six tackles and one tackle for a loss before adding four stops at Iowa. Against Indiana he led the team with 11 stops, had one interception, one sack and two tackles for a loss. He had two tackles against Penn State before leading the team and tying his career-best with 13 tackles at Michigan State. At Purdue he had nine stops, one sack and two tackles for a loss before tallying another nine stops against Michigan. In the season finale against Oklahoma State, he had four stops and one interception which he returned nine-yards to setup an Ohio State score.
2003: Carpenter saw action in every game, while notching four starts at strong-outside linebacker, and recorded 37 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for losses. The Buckeyes rolled to an 11-2 record, including a win over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. He recorded at least one stop in every game but Indiana while posting a season-high six tackles against Bowling Green. At Penn State he recorded two stops and posted two more against Michigan State while also causing a fumble. Carpenter added four stops against Purdue and another two at Michigan. In the Fiesta Bowl against Kansas State he recorded five stops, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss.
2002: Carpenter played in every game as a freshman helping the Buckeyes to a 14-0 record and the national championship win over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl. Although he mainly saw action on special teams, and as a backup linebacker, he finished his rookie season with 12 tackles. He began his collegiate career by making a tackle on the opening kickoff against Texas Tech and finished the season opener with three stops. He posted a season-high five stops against Kent State the next week.
PERSONAL: Carpenter attended Lancaster, Ohio, High School where he played football for his father, Rob Carpenter. He was a first-team all-Ohio choice as a senior and rated the 13th best outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com. Carpenter finished his high school career with 128 tackles and 12 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, while also playing alongside his brother, Johathan, in 2001, who is currently a linebacker at the University of Cincinnati. As a member of the Lancaster swim team, he advanced to the district finals in both the 50 and 100 meter freestyle. Carpenter graduated with a degree in business from Ohio State.