Walker "Big Six" Carpenter

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Walker G. Carpenter, also known as "Big Six," was a Georgia Tech football player born in Newnan, Georgia.

Walker G. Carpenter


Freshman Year

Carpenter entered The Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall of 1914. He was elected the president of his freshman class that year.[1] he joined the football team that was currently led by the legendary head coach John Heisman. The team at the time also had the assistant coaches William A. Alexander and R. A. Clay both of whom would also become future head coaches. Unfortunately, Carpenter suffered a serious injury during the Georgia Tech v. Georgia game which caused him to have one of his kidneys removed.[2] His fellow teammates and all of Georgia Tech wondered if the right tackle would ever return to the game.[3]

Game Scores

Georgia Tech v. U. of South Carolina 20-0

Georgia Tech v. Mercer 105-0

Georgia Tech v. Alabama 0-13

Georgia Tech v. VA Military Inst. 28-7

Georgia Tech v. Sewanee 20-0

Georgia Tech v. Auburn 0-14

Georgia Tech v. Georgia 28-0

Georgia Tech v. Clemson 28-6[3]

Sophomore Year

To the surprise of everyone "Big Six" Carpenter walked out onto the field at the first game of the season against Mercer this year. This courage led people to say that he was "some tackle".[4]

Game Scores

Georgia Tech v. Mercer 52-0

Georgia Tech v. Davidson 27-7

Georgia Tech v. Transylvania 57-0

Georgia Tech v. L.S.U. 36-7

Georgia Tech v. U.N.C. 23-3

Georgia Tech v. Alabama 21-7

Georgia Tech v. Georgia 0-0

Georgia Tech v. Auburn 7-0[4]

Junior Year

In his junior year, Carpenter returned to the football team yet again and participated in the legendary football game against Cumberland, where the Yellow Jackets defeated Cumberland 222-0.[5] Carpenter was also Vice-President of the junior class ans Vice-President of the Athletic Association. [4]The famous right tackle also joined the track team this year and competed in discus and shot put.[6]

Game Scores

Georgia Tech v. Mercer 61-0

Georgia Tech v. Cumberland 222-0

Georgia Tech v. Daivdson 9-0

Georgia Tech v. U.N.C. 10-6

Georgia Tech v. Washington & Lee 7-7

Georgia Tech v. Tulane 45-0

Georgia Tech v. Alabama 13-0

Georgia Tech v. Georgia 21-0

Georgia Tech v. Auburn 33-7[6]

Senior Year

During his senior year at Georgia Tech, Carpenter was voted captain of the varsity football team. As captain of the Yellow Jackets, Carpenter lead his team with Coach John Heisman to their first National Championship while outscoring their opponents 491-17.[7] During some of his Senior year, "Big Six" played right end instead of his usual right tackle position. "Big Six" was chosen, along with six other players from Georgia Tech, to be the right tackle on the All-American team.[8]

All-American Team

Right End..............King-Davidson

Right Tackle...........Carpenter-Georgia Tech

Right Guard............Bonner-Auburn

Center.................Phillips-Georgia Tech

Left Guard.............Grey-Davidson

Left tackle............Fincher-Georgia Tech

Left End...............Adams-Vanderbilt


Right halfback.........Strupper-Georgia Tech

Left halfback..........Guyon-Georgia Tech

Fullback...............Hill-Georgia Tech


Utility................Guill-Georgia Tech

Versus Pennsylvania

"Six," along with his other teammates were able to open up holes in the Pennsylvania defensive line large enough for all of the Georgia Tech running backs to go through at the same time. Carpenter made a number of especially good plays when, after a series of passes, Pennsylvania was within the Georgia Tech 15-yard line. Carpenter was able to break through, and caused Pennsylvania to lose 10 yards.[9]

Versus Davidson

Though the Yellow Jackets did not play as well as they had expected, Carpenter did not allow many gains on the right wing of the defensive line.[10]

Versus Tulane

During this game, Carpenter had one of his best games of his career. He looked as though he would push someone to gain a spot on the All-American team.[11]

At "College Night," Carpenter welcomed the new freshman by immediately leading the crowd in a few cheers. Carpenter returned to the stage later to explain to the new freshman all of the clubs and activities that they could participate in outside the classroom and encouraged them to take part in various activities.[12] Carpenter was the Vice-President of the senior class. Carpenter was also voted most popular, and was 1st choice for best man physically, best football player, and best all around man. He was second choice for best American athlete and man who has done most for Tech.[6] Carpenter continued to compete on the track team during his senior year. An interesting fact is that Walker G. Carpenter is not featured in the Blue Print for his senior year.[6] Carpenter graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Game Scores

Georgia Tech v. Wake Forest 33-0

Georgia Tech v. Furman 25-0

Georgia Tech v. Pennsylvania 41-0

Georgia Tech v. Davidson 32-10

Georgia Tech v. Washington & Lee 63-0

Georgia Tech v. U.V.A. 83-0

Georgia Tech v. Tulane 48-0

Georgia Tech v. Carlisle 98-0

Georgia Tech v. Auburn 68-7[7]

Clubs and Organization

Carpenter was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He was also the Vice-President of the ANAK society which honors "outstanding juniors and senior who have shown exemplary leadership and a true love for Georgia Tech."(ANAK Society)[13] Carpenter was also the social service chairman and religious meetings chairman for the Georgia Tech Y.M.C.A.. He was also the chairman of the Georgia Tech Student Branch A.S.M.E.(American Society of Mechanical Engineers). He also worked as a dormitory officer in division D.[6]

After Tech

Walker G. Carpenter applied for the army during his senior year, but was denied because of the injury he had suffered from the Georgia Tech v. Georgia game in 1914. Carpenter went to the doctor and got a certificate saying that he was in top physical condition and was fit to fight. However, when Carpenter applied again, he was denied.[2] Little is known about what happened to Carpenter after his time at Georgia Tech. However, in 1965, Walker G. Carpenter was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame[14], and in 1998, Carpenter was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame to add to his inclusion in the Helms Football Hall of Fame and the Georgia tech Hall of Fame[15]


  1. Georgia Tech Student Publications. Blue Print, 1914. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1914. Print.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Tech men Not Slackers" Technique 30 Oct 1917, Print.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Georgia Tech Student Publications. Blue Print, 1915. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1915. Print.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Georgia Tech Student Publications. Blue Print, 1916. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1916. Print.
  5. 1916 Cumberland vs. Georgia Tech football game. (30 September 2010). In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved September 30, 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1916_Cumberland_vs._Georgia_Tech_football_game
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Georgia Tech Student Publications. Blue Print, 1917. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1917. Print.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Georgia Tech Student Publications. Blue Print, 1918. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1918. Print.
  8. Technique 27 Nov 1917, Print.
  9. Technique 9 Oct 1917, Print.
  10. Technique 16 Oct 1917, Print.
  11. Technique 13 Nov 1917, Print.
  12. "Freshman Welcomed" Technique 2 Oct 1917, Print.
  13. The ANAK Society. (30 September 2010). Retrieved September 30, 2010 from http://www.cyberbuzz.gatech.edu/anak/
  14. RamblinWrek.com. Retrieved October 20, 2010 from http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/extras/local/halloffame.html#fbc
  15. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. (1998). Retrieved September 30, 2010 from http://gshf.org/pdf_files/inductees/football/walker_g_carpenter.pdf
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