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Mon. August 31, 2009 | Times Staff

Mustangs quarterback Cody Van De Boe should have a more definitive prognosis Tuesday after suffering a slightly torn medial collateral ligament in Thursday's preseason loss to Hudson.

Mitchell coach Brian Wachtel said Van De Boe is out a "minimum of six weeks." If surgery is required it could prolong his absence, Wachtel said.

In the meantime, Mitchell quarterback Matt Michaels - a River Ridge transfer - is the new starter this week against his old team.

"He's got tremendous speed and size (6-2, 180 pounds) and runs the option well," Wachtel said. "He's working on his arm strength. ...I have 100 percent confidence in Matt. He's a great scrambler. ...We're adjusting our game plan to what our strengths are. In the end, the gameplan put together is what best fits our team's personnel."

Wachtel said Van De Boe will continue to help the team in various ways such as helping feed plays to Michaels during games.

How has Van De Boe taken the setback?

"About as well as could be expected," Wachtel said.

-- IZZY GOULD

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