Stud­dard re­mains in Texas, shar­ing his love of BBQ, foot­ball and the out­doors.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kyle New­man Pro­vided by Univer­sity of Texas Kyle New­man: 303-954-1773 knew­man@den­ver­post.com or @KyleNew­manDP

Re­tired of­fen­sive line­man Kasey Stud­dard boiled more than 10,000 pounds of craw­fish last year with his com­pany, Studbugs, trav­el­ing around Austin, Texas, to share his love of the food at sa­loons and Longhorns foot­ball games.

The for­mer High­lands Ranch High School and Univer­sity of Texas star also has his own ra­dio talk show — “Big Ugly Out­doors,” which fo­cuses on hunt­ing and fish­ing.

Stud­dard doesn’t an­tic­i­pate ever leav­ing the Lone Star State — his brand is too big there af­ter help­ing the Longhorns win the 2005 na­tional cham­pi­onship and play­ing five years with the NFL’s Hous­ton Tex­ans — but his ul­ti­mate en­tre­pre­neur­ial goal is to have a line of bar­be­cue restau­rants, in­clud­ing one such joint in Colorado.

“Be­ing here in Austin, you run into a lot of good pit masters, and I got the op­por­tu­nity to team up with a few of them with the Studbugs food truck,” Stud­dard said. “My ul­ti­mate goal is to open up my own bar­be­cue chain, and to have one in Colorado so that I can bring some good Texas bar­be­cue back there and have a home there for the sum­mers.”

Stud­dard, the son of for­mer Bron­cos of­fen­sive tackle Dave Stud­dard and the fifth mem­ber of his fam­ily to play for the Longhorns, is still widely re­garded as one of the best of­fen­sive line­men to ever come out of Colorado. He grad­u­ated from High­lands Ranch in 2002 and was drafted in 2007 af­ter start­ing for four years at Texas.

He re­calls his time at High­lands Ranch with fond­ness, not­ing how hav­ing his dad as his line coach was the tough love he needed to con­tinue im­prov­ing.

“My dad re­ally el­e­vated my game be­cause as a kid that was al­ways one of the best play­ers on the team, he made sure I knew I still had to work harder than ev­ery­one else,” Stud­dard said. “That’s the phi­los­o­phy I lived by in high school and I still live by to­day.”

The two-time All-Colorado se­lec­tion also em­pha­sized that there is a learn­ing curve be­tween be­ing a good high school player in the Cen­ten­nial State and be­ing good on a na­tional scale.

“It was a cul­ture shock when I went down to Texas be­cause it was like, ‘Man, I’ve got to get bet­ter fast,’ ” Stud­dard said. “Some of the kids I signed with — like (fu­ture pros) Justin Blalock and Tim Crow­der and Brian Orakpo — were al­ready grown men coming out of high school. You’ve got to be ex­tra spe­cial to get out of Colorado to a top Di­vi­sion I pro­gram be­cause the com­pe­ti­tion’s just so much higher in other states like Texas, Louisiana, Cal­i­for­nia and Florida.

“If you’re from Colorado and you re­ally want to be great, you’ve got to put in the time. That’s one of the big­gest take­aways of my en­tire ca­reer.”

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