Champion, Varga on National Watch List

Champion, Varga on National Watch List

2 Bulldogs Get Pre-Season Honor

NEW HAVEN, Conn.Cole Champion and Tyler Varga, two of Yale's All-Ivy League football selections, have been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Watch List for the 2014 season.

Varga, a tailback from Kitchener, Ont., was having a great junior season last fall until an injury put an end to it. He still managed 641 yards and a 104.5 average despite missing four games. Varga , who earned honorable mention All-Ivy in 2013, was even more of a force in his first collegiate season.

The 5-foot-11, 220-pound runner was a 2012 first-team All-Ivy performer after leading the nation in all-purpose yards. Varga, who came to Yale as a sophomore after spending a year at a Canadian university, was second-team All-America by The Sports Network.

Champion, a two-year starting safety, earned second-team All-Ivy honors in 2013 after leading the Blue with 49 solo tackles, three interceptions and four fumble recoveries.

The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native had his best game in Yale's most significant win in recent times, at nationally ranked Cal Poly last October. Champion earned the Gold Helmet Award from the New England Football Writers by making 14 tackles, picking off two passes and recovering a fumble.

The CFPA will name a group of top performers at every position at season's end with one player taking top honors.

The Bulldogs, who officially begin preparation for the upcoming season in the middle of August, will play six home games at 100-year-old Yale Bowl during a festive anniversary campaign.