@AAlexander2025 from Florence, Kentucky is the @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @durranalexander @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank

Ronnie Mingua began experimenting with making beef jerky back in the 1990s. He shared his efforts with neighbors and friends, soon realizing he had come up with something different and superior to all other beef jerkies on the market. From these humble beginnings, Mingua Beef Jerky got its start.

Today, the Mingua Beef Jerky Company still prides itself on using its old-fashioned, all-natural recipes which offer outstanding products to customers across the nation. The recipes are a family tradition, passed down from generation to generation. 

Migua Beef Jerky uses Enviro-Pac CHU-2000 equipment to cook its meat to USDA required levels for both moist or dry operation. Mingua Beef Jerky wants you to become one of its many satisfied customers by sampling its quality hand sliced, all natural beef jerky. We know you’ll love it and come back for more, again and again.

Our recipes and our quality ingredients, hand-cut from solid pieces of beef, and never chopped or formed like other brands, make our products superior and one of a kind. That would make our products similar to this week’s Protein Packed Performer of the Week, Class of ’25, DL/TE/LB, Austin Alexander from the NKY Bengals/Team Kentucky in Florence, Kentucky, wouldn’t it? 

We have not given this award to too many middle schoolers. Then again, there aren’t too many middle school football players, and rising freshmen, like Austin Alexander from Florence, Kentucky.

How may ’25ers do you suppose play DL/LB/TE and are 6-3, and already weigh a well-put-together, 210-pounds? How many of those present 8th-graders run their 40’s around 5-seconds flat?

How many of the ’25s in football, across Kentucky, are top-flight basketball stars who star for CEMS/Fight Team in AAU and, in addition to all of this, are also on the A-Honor Roll and members of the Academic Team-Math/Leadership? We would think the number might just be…one, perhaps.

We haven’t mentioned the fact his paternal uncle was Mr. Football in Kentucky in 1994, All-SEC in college, before going to the NFL and gaining over 9,000 career rushing yards in an NFL career which would see him win that league’s MVP in 2005. Yep, we are talking about Florence’s favorite son, Shaun Alexander.

Alexander for Team KY

Austin’s parents, Durran and Heather Alexander, augmented the Boone County Pee-Wee league when Austin was seven and playing in this same league in which both Durran and Shaun played when they were around the same age. The whole family got involved in the league’s revitalization as even Austin’s sister, Maleah, was a cheerleader.

Matter of fact, one might say the name “Alexander” is synonymous with football in Boone county. By the time Austin is finished, it will be synonymous with just “football.” We’ll be dropping the “in Boone County” part.

Our scout in the Central/Eastern Kentucky area, Fletcher Long, the editor of Jackson’s Times-Voice newspaper and member of the KPGFootball editorial board, saw Austin Alexander at the Central Kentucky combine/tryout for Team Kentucky Future Stars. We asked him about this superstar.

“Well, the first thing you notice is how well mannered and intelligent he is. This is a credit to and reflects very well on his parents, Durran and Heather. Austin’s intellect and social skills are advanced. I would hang around this kid just for the fun of it and I am close to 53-years old.”

Playing for the “Bengals”

Long went on to tell us, “Austin is a grown man, anatomically. You come to expect this from middle school football players at his level of play, but he reminds me of West Bloomfield, Michigan’s, Michael D. Williams, II, who we featured April 15, 2019.” That article has been linked for you.

“I coached Williams at the Bret Cooper Junior All-American game in Dallas, Texas a few years ago. He’s Dallen Hayden’s first-cousin, who also played for me, and the two of them are among the top-rated 22s in the country. Look it up.”

When pressed for the similarities, Long told us “Well, they were similarly deployed in middle school, similar frames (Williams was 6-2, 220 when we featured him in 8th-grade), and both had famous NFL players as uncles. My friend, Aaron Hayden (Dallen’s dad), is Williams’ maternal uncle and, of course, Shaun being Austin’s paternal uncle.”

When asked for his overall assessment, Long told KPGFootball, “Austin’s a ‘can’t miss’ prospect. He starts for 95% of the high-school programs, night-one/snap-one, across the commonwealth of Kentucky, regardless of classification. I don’t care what these programs claim to be the “official” position on playing freshman at the varsity level, you don’t have guys who look like Austin, have his skills, his speed and quicks, his strength, power, and explosion playing junior varsity football in Kentucky. Period!”

Well, just as you remember him, Coach Long certainly doesn’t pull any punches! Congratulations to Austin Alexander, a fine member of the ’25 class from Florence, Kentucky on his selection this week.

We thought he could benefit from a bolt of protein. We decided to ask our friends at Mingua Beef Jerky to send him some.

Join us next week as we honor another worthy player. Until then, pop some Mingua Beef Jerky in your mouth and savor the quality and flavor which sets it apart from all the competition.

Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like Team Kentucky’s Austin Alexander.

This is HB Lyon reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron reminding you that WE’RE JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT! 

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About Henry Lyon 1046 Articles
Have coached at the high school and middle school level. Have worked in athletic administration. Conceal my identity to enable my candor on articles published by this magazine. Only members of the editorial board are aware of my true identity.

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