Trey Durbin from @EHSAthletics20 is the @minguabeefjerky Protein-packed Performer of the Week. @1776Bank @PrepSpin @KyHighFootball @MaxPreps

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, are never chopped or formed like other brands, making our products superior and one of a kind. That would make our products similar to this week’s Protein Packed Performer, Class of ’24, RB/DE, Trey Durbin from Elizabethtown, Kentucky’s E-Town High School, wouldn’t it?    

It is not often this publication, or any other for that matter, can come out on the record and forecast a young player coming off his sophomore season will be a “Mr. Football” candidate in just a couple of years. We feel so inclined to say that very thing about this week’s recipient.

What we aren’t ready to say is whether he will be a candidate for his play on the offensive or defensive side of the ball. Based off of his work this past season, it literally could be either one.

There are probably lots of sophomores in KY at RB who statistically exceeded 928-yards rushing and 7-rushing TDs. However, how many of them did it in fewer than Durbin’s 67-carries?

The 6-2, 200 pound multi-sport star averaged 13.85-yards per rushing attempt. He scored a TD every 9.6 carries.

He was his team’s second leading receiver swinging out of the backfield. He caught 9-balls for 253-receiving yards and 4-TDs receiving. He was the team’s top scorer (74-points) and all of this is just what he contributed offensively.

Photo Credit: Robert Catlett

On defense, the sophomore registered 36-stops, four (4)-TFLs, with seven (7)-QB sacks and one (1) FR. He is deserving of this recognition on either side of the line of scrimmage and he was only a sophomore playing for one of Kentucky’s elite Class 3A programs.

We have no idea for what program or at what level this kid will play in college. Matter of fact, we have no idea in what sport he will be recruited.

We are sure he will play in college. We are sure he will have more than just football from which to choose.

We can tell you this: he is one of the better put together and more impressive two-way players in the ’24 class throughout Kentucky. We can also tell you Durbin figures to be right in the hunt for “Mr. Football” when his day in the sunshine finally arrives.

We wanted to be first to the party. After all, aren’t we always?

We believe it entirely appropriate to feature Trey Durbin in this article. We also found his efforts deserving of nourishment. 

Mingua Beef Jerky agreed this young man could use a bolt of protein. They volunteered to send him some straight away.

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 E-Town High School’s Trey Durbin. 

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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