29 Dan Carpenter
Dan Carpenter begins his senior season ranked second in school history with 312 career points. He trails former kicker Chris Snyder (394 points, 2000-03) by 82 points. He has played in 41 games in a row. He has been chosen the Big Sky Conference's “Player of the Week” six times (three times last season and three times in 2004). (Snyder holds the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA) record for most points scored by kicking with 392 points, on 70 field goals and 182 PATs).
2006: Carpenter had an outstanding season as a place-kicker and also handled the punting duties. He was a second team All-Big Sky pick at kicker for the third straight season, and was an honorable mention choice at punter. He was an Associated Press first team All-American selection.
He connected on 24-of-30 field goals and had four blocked. He averaged 41.9-yards on 62 punts. He led the nation in field goals, averaging 1.71 a game. He connected on at least one field goal in each of UM's 14 games. His punting average of 41.85 yards ranked him 14th in the FCS. He was ranked 20th in the country in scoring with 8.07 points a game. He tied his career-long record with a 50-yard field goal at Weber State.
2005: He was a second team All-Big Sky selection, and ranked 19th in the nation with 1.17 field goals a game. He had converted 67 straight PAT's dating back to the 2004 season but missed his fifth attempt against Fort Lewis in the season opener. He booted a career-long 50-yard field goal at Northern Arizona which ties him for the seventh longest in Griz history.
2004: As a true freshman, he connected on 18-of-29 of his field goal attempts, was a perfect 63-of-63 in PATs, and scored 123 points, the second most in school history and the 11th most in Big Sky annals. His 123 points trails only Snyder, who scored 124 points in 2003. He was a second team All-Big Sky pick and was ranked 16th in the nation in field goals (1.20 a game).
High School: At Helena High School he was a two-time first team all-state and an all-league kicker and punter. He played in Montana's Annual East-West Shrine Game and the Montana-North Dakota All-Star Game.
His senior season he connected on 26-of-29 PATs and booted five field goals, including a long of 53 yards. He was a first all-conference pick, and a second team all-state selection at wide receiver when he set school records with 13 touchdown catches for 931 yards.
In his prep career, 97 percent of his kickoffs were touchbacks, and his 10 career field goals tied the school record. Dan's prep coach was former (1985-88) Griz quarterback Tony Arntson. He lettered three times in football, twice in track, and once in basketball.
Personal: His parents are Val and Diane Carpenter of Helena. Dan's major is chemistry. Birth date: November 25, 1985. He was a member of the National Honor Society in high school with a 3.7 GPA.
Career highs: Long field goal: 50 yards at Weber State in 2006 and at Northern Arizona in 2005. Long punt: 63 yards at Northern Colorado, 2006.
Misc.: He rushed three times for 57 yards last season and had a 45-yard run against South Dakota State. He had a 14-yard rushing touchdown vs. NAU, 2004.
Quoting head coach Bobby Hauck: "Dan was second team all-conference the last two years and a first team All-American (by the AP) last season. We expect him to have his best year as a Grizzly. He came in as a true freshman and started for us at the kicker position. With the year he had last season and the way he played this spring, we really expect him to have the most consistent, accurate year of his career this coming fall. It's a difficult thing to do, to punt and kick at the same time. Dan came in when Tyson (Johnson) was hurt, and it's remarkable that our punt coverage team was in the top five in the nation with our kicker also doing the punting."