One of the most prolific passers in Arizona State history had his NFL career hit a pothole on Wednesday when Rudy Carpenter was waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Carpenter went undrafted in 2009, but was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent on April 27th of that year. He was cut a week prior to the season opener, but later re-signed to their practice squad. Carpenter was then signed by the Bucs on November 23rd, and has spent that subsequent time as Tampa Bay's third-string quarterback. He never attempted a pass in a regular season game.
During his time at ASU, Carpenter was a durable and highly productive performer. He led the nation in passing efficiency as a freshman in 2005, and won the starting job from Sam Keller prior to the 2006 season. He ended up making 43 straight starts during his career, throwing for 10,491 yards and 81 touchdowns, both figures ranking behind Andrew Walter for second-most in school history.
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