As much as Claremont coach Mike Collins would like to take the gift wrap off Pomona transfer running back Taj Teague, he’s not going to do it until Teague is fully recovered from a calf injury he suffered early in camp while still at Pomona.
Teague will miss tonight’s scrimmage against West Covina and is likely out for the Wolfpack’s Week 0 game vs. Cajon. He stands a pretty good chance to return for Week 1 against Bonita on Sept. 10.
“He’s not 100 percent, so I really don’t want to chance anything,” Collins said. “I’m more of a guy who looks down the road. It’s not even a day-to-day thing. We’re keeping him off it. With these injuries, you never know.”
Collins said that Teague is likely to be Claremont’s starting tailback once he returns. For now, though, the team is going running back by committee. Teague also figures to eventually get work at safety.
Teague started his prep career as a freshman at Claremont where he shared running back duties with Tanner Kuramata, who is now the Wolfpack’s star receiver. Teague played at Pomona as a sophomore and junior.