@Tommyrosenbarg1 (Tommy Rosenbarger) from @StXTigersFB is this week’s @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer. @g_mcpeek @EKUWWells @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball

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 ’24, OL, Tommy Rosenbarger from Louisville, Kentucky’s St. Xavier High School, wouldn’t it? 

We were invited out to the Eastern Kentucky University Seven on Seven and Big Man Challenge this past Saturday. Rosenbarger’s Tigers from St. Xavier served notice it will be a team with which to contend in the coming ’21 season but more on that later.

We were invited by our good friend, Coach Garry McPeek who is the Director of Football Operations at EKU. Man did Garry run this event with the precision of a Swiss-made timepiece. Both Fletcher Long and I enjoyed the event together.

It was my first time meeting McPeek but Fletcher professes to have known him quite a while. Coach Long claims to know everyone. You know how he is.

Photo: Lee Howard, Walt Wells (holding trophy)

Long told me he had a wonderful chat with head coach, Walt Wells, who couldn’t have been any nicer nor more approachable. It turns out the two of them share quite a few friends and acquaintances. Long’s comment about the Colonels’ head man, “What a wonderful guy.”

There were 48 high schools competing. This brought nearly 5,000 people to Richmond, Kentucky on a Saturday in late-July, a time when there usually isn’t much cooking.

This was quite a boon for the community. Particularly, it was a welcomed boon for Richmond’s economy comprised of hotels, restaurants, local businesses and the like.

EKU has an extensive economic reach which provides tremendous benefit for the Richmond community. It is both a wonderful and mutually beneficial partnership literally changing area lives for the decided better.

Now, back to Tommy Rosenbarger. Rosenbarger was awarded the coveted title of “Offensive MVP” at the Big Man Challenge. His teammate, Micah Carter, was awarded the defensive counterpart (Defensive MVP) making Kevin Wallace’s Tigers close to a clean sweep of the meaningful hardware, as the Tigers were the Sevens’ Champions.


Rosenbarger is a ’24 prospect, and a big one at that. We use the word “big” in every conceivable, positive way “big” can be construed.

St. Xavier, being one of the more prestigious programs at the 6A level, doesn’t see too many sophomores find the playing field on Friday nights. When one manages the feat, it is worthy of comment.

Just judging by the incredible performance of Rosenbarger at the Big Man Challenge at EKU, it doesn’t appear to us the big tackle will struggle seeing the playing field this coming Fall, his sophomore year. He’s the type talent who makes coaches modify tendencies.

Rosenbarger is a 6-4, 295-pound bowling ball of downhill thunder in the drive blocking drills. As for pass-protection, he exhibited excellent feet, balance, and a powerfully violent punch in the one on ones.

The staff at the event selected him the OL MVP. That is an honor rivaled only by being selected the Protein-packed Performer of the Week. Now, the young guy has done both.

We can’t think of anyone any more deserving of an award like this. Both the folks at Mingua Beef Jerky and we are proud to be awarding this to him today.

This kid will play college football. You can go ahead and write that down now. Who knows…maybe he will be a Colonel at EKU.

With everything this young athlete has going for him, we thought he could use some nourishment and maybe a sweet T-shirt! For the T-shirt and the bolt of protein, we asked our friends at Mingua Beef Jerky to send him some and they were thrilled to oblige.

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 Louisville’s Tommy Rosenbarger.

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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