Ed Thompson: How memorable was your last year at Texas for you?
Kasey Studdard: It was a great year, we had our ups and downs and everything, but I enjoyed the heck out of playing in that stadium and for that university. It was just a blast, I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done out there and it was a great time. This year didn’t go as well as I wanted, but we won our last game so everything was great.
ET: What did you do to earn UT’s Most Consistent Offensive Player award?
KS: It’s going out there every week and going as hard as you can and doing whatever you can to help the team win. That’s just what I do. I’ll try anything within my power to help the team out.
ET: You posted 226 knockdowns in your three years as a starter and have been called “an intimidating presence on the field” is that also an accurate description?
KS: Yeah, I’d agree with that. It’s not like I go out there and talk a lot…but I’m always intense and I play real intense. If people get a little cheap shot in, I’ll get in their face. But I’m not a total trash-talker or anything.
ET: Despite your intensity on the field you must have a soft spot because I noticed you do a lot of community service with kids…
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KS: Oh yeah, I love kids that’s just something I like to do. Growing up I had a learning disability since I was in first grade until my sophomore year in college and I had to get extra help. I go to schools and tell them my story. I lived a good life, my parents are great parents and gave me whatever I needed, so I didn’t grow up in poverty or anything like that and can’t relate to them like that, but I can relate to them in the school path. I can tell them they can make it in school. They have a guy who speaks along with me and he talks about his life growing up poor. And then me, it’s about how I had to work extra hard in school because of my learning disability. I just let a kid know that if I can do it--I got through high school and I’m about to graduate from college-- you can do it. You just need to let them know that anything’s possible; you just need to get your head on straight.
ET: Did you need the teachers to work with you and help you learn the material in a different way?
KS: Yeah, that was it. It wasn’t doing different stuff from other kids, they just had to read it to me differently. They had to explain it to me differently and I had to go at a slower pace.
ET: Do you feel you’ve gotten the notoriety you should during your last three years starting at Texas or do you agree with those who say you’re one of the more underrated players in college football?
KS: I feel like I have, I don’t think I’m underrated. That’s coming from a lot of websites and magazines--that’s their opinion--but the people who know football, they know how us linemen are and how I play.
ET: How do you think you’re going to be able to adjust being the low-man on the totem pole as a rookie in the NFL?
KS: I’m going to enjoy it. It’s a dream come true, it’s something I’ve been working on my whole life and you have to pay your dues. Some guys have been in the league for ten or twelve years and they’ve been through it all, so respect all of the guys, all the vets. Hopefully they’ll bring me in as one of their own and teach me the rights and wrongs and the gist of things. I’m not worried about it because football’s football--they tie their shoes the same way I do. That’s just how I’m going to have to play, I’m going to go out there with a chip on my shoulder and try to earn myself a spot.
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