Varga Gets All-America Honor

Tyler Varga. (photo by Jack Warhola)
Tyler Varga. (photo by Jack Warhola)

Bulldog Back Named All-America

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Missing two important league games and playing just eight of a 10-game overall schedule makes it tough to be considered for post-season honors. Yale sophomore Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.) impressed enough people in those eight games to earn first-team league and New England honors. Today, he added to his 2012 accolades by being named an honorable mention Beyond Sports Network ( FCS All-American.

Varga, who played five different high school sports in Canada and then played a year of football at Western Ontario University, thrived in the transition to the American game as a running back, return man and emergency quarterback.

"Three downs (Canadian rules) makes a difference in the running game. You throw a lot more. This (4 downs) is better for running backs," said Varga, who led the Ivy League with 116 yards per game and five triple-digit rushing days.

The new Bulldog - and one of the most exciting players in the league - had an impact in other facets of the game. When Yale lost its top three QBs to injury in week six against Penn, he started the following week at Columbia and rushed for 220 yards (6th best at Yale) and two scores.

"My favorite position is quarterback. I love playing the wildcat, but I also love playing running back," he said.

Also the team's top kickoff returner, Varga averaged 23.6 yards on 22 attempts while bumping his all-purpose average to a nation's best, 194.2.


filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director