There were concerns Mitchell quarterback Cody Van De Boe's right knee injury was far worse than it proved to be. The Mustangs senior learned last week he sustained a strained medial collateral ligament and anterior cruciate ligament.
Now he's on course to return no later than Oct. 2 against Wesley Chapel, perhaps sooner.
Van De Boe first feared he had a torn MCL, which would have sidelined him a minimum of six weeks.
"I was really excited when I heard the news," Van De Boe said. "I was looking at six weeks to get back. Now I'm trying to get back."
Van De Boe is at therapy three times a week. He's still not clear on how the injury happened. Some people tell him he was hit, but he hasn't seen a replay.
"I just remember dropping back," he said. "I tried to run and my knee went the other way. I tried to get up and walk, but I just fell."
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Set your DVR
Volleyball, Nature Coast (1-0) at Central (1-0), 7 p.m. The lone meeting between the Sharks and Bears could determine the unofficial Hernando County champion. First-year Central coach Emily Gore said her players watched the Nature Coast-Hernando match to see what they were up against. "They have very strong left hitters," Gore said. "We worked on some things to prepare us for Ocala Forest and Nature Coast. (The Nature Coast game) will be a good battle. The girls want to be county champs so it's a pretty big game for them."
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