@jager_burton committed to @UKFootball and from @FDouglassFB is this week’s @minguabeefjerky “Protein-packed Performer of the Week.” @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @1776Bank @coachnatemcpeek

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 ’21, OG/DT, Jager Burton from Frederick Douglass High School and signed to join Kentucky’s Wildcats this coming fall, wouldn’t it? 

Frederick Douglass offensive guard Jager Burton announcing his commitment to pay football at the University of Kentucky while sitting with his parents Jeff and Teresa Burton at KSBar and Grille. SILAS WALKER SWALKER@HERALD-LEADER.COM

We don’t award this to outgoing players too much this time of year. However, in all fairness to one of the Associated Press‘s “Mr. Footballs,” we have awarded it to his co-recipient, when he won the Coach’s version of the award, and thought it only fair to award it to Jager too.

After all, it isn’t his fault the AP team didn’t get posted until as late as it did. Had it posted when it usually does, we still would have been feeding jerky to the ’21s.

Jager was Kentucky’s highest rated in-state recruit in the 2021-class. He was a 4-star on most all of the major recruiting services.

He was plenty versatile too for Coach Nate McPeek’s Broncos at Frederick Douglass. Along the offensive line, where he is forecast to play at Kentucky (OG), Burton anchored a front behind which Frederick Douglass amassed 348-points in only 9-games.

In limited defensive snaps, Burton still managed to mightily contribute to the defensive performance of his team. Burton was among the leaders in TFLs, registered one of the team’s 12-QB sacks, and had a pick-six.

Yeah, that’s right, Burton intercepted a ball this year and returned it 33-yards to pay-dirt. Anyone questioning his “wheels” should get a film-clip of that play; rumble big man, rumble!

“Mr. Football” equally impressive in the weight-room

All of what Burton was able to do, he did against excellent competition while being the major emphasis of every opponent’s scouting report. In ’20, McPeek’s herd of horses lost to one of 6A’s most talented rosters in North Hardin (by two) on opening night, blew out 6A Ballard, ran Lexington Christian (2A, but not your usual 2A team by any stretch) off the field (40-6), and beat a hot Southwestern team (which turned out much tougher in ’20 than most people expected the Warriors to be preseason).

In the semis, the Broncos were tasked to travel to Owensboro’s Red Devil Stadium and contest an undefeated squad in front of the home crowd cheering one of Kentucky’s all-time winningest programs. Burton and the boys dropped a one-pointer to Owensboro that night. The Broncos just barely missed out on a trip home to Kroger Field for the 5A title game.

Jager Burton was a co-recipient in ’20 of the extremely coveted “Mr. Football Award” from the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Associated Press. He also was selected to the AP’s All-State Football First-Team. Now that is a deserving week in anyone’s book we would both suppose and suggest.

We thought Burton 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 Frederick Douglass’s and UK’s Jager Burton.

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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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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