If there was something that jumped out at fans watching Mitchell's spring scrimmage May 27, it was that the Mustangs have a talented quarterback.
At times, Cody Van De Boe looked as if he was tossing a football around in his backyard against his little brothers. In the 10 passes he threw, only two were incomplete - and one of those was a drop. Van De Boe hooked up with three different receivers for three touchdowns and finished the scrimmage with 118 yards.
It was enough to bring a smile to his new coach's face.
"Cody has come a long way since we came aboard in early May and is very coachable," first-year Mustangs coach Brian Wachtel said. "He listens. As a result, he has become a very good quarterback."
But it's not only throwing that Van De Boe does well. In the scrimmage, he was equally adept at getting away from traffic, moving out of the pocket and throwing accurate passes while on the run.
"It has a lot to do with the line," said Van De Boe, who is entering his senior year. "They give me a lot of time. And when they don't, I get outside the pocket. That's what I do best - throw on the run. I like it on the run."
"Cody is an amazing quarterback," running back Ricky Trinidad said. "He has the ability to run the ball and pass the ball. Van De Boe's ability spreads the field out. If defenses key on me, we have Cody."
Even Wachtel is impressed by Van De Boe's accuracy while throwing on the run.
"He's a good scrambler and has a pretty good arm when he throws the ball down the field on the run," Wachtel said. "He has good vision. It's rare, but that's his style, that's his strength. We try to do things that play to his strength."
But Van De Boe suggests it's his receivers that make him a good quarterback. If the receivers can't catch the ball, a quarterback's statistics will suffer.
"It's important I have such good wide receivers," Van De Boe said. "I wouldn't want to throw the ball if they couldn't catch. I want to be confident I can throw to them. I can trust them that no matter where I put the ball, they can go up and get it."