30 Tyler Varga
30 Tyler Varga
Height: 5-11
Weight: 224
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario
High School: Cameron Heights Collegiate
Position: TB
Major: Ecology & evolutionary biology
Residential College: Berkeley

Notes: 2nd among Yale's top 10 career rushers with 5.6 average... 3rd on Yale’s career rushing TD list with 31… 4th in career rushing yards with 2,985… 5th with 529 rushing attempts… 17 games with 100+ yards… Three games over 200… Three-time All-Ivy selection… Scored 2 TDs in 2015 Reese's Senior Bowl and was captain of the North... Invited to 2015 NFL Scouting Combine.

2014: 2nd Team All-America by The Sports Network... 3rd Team All-America by BSN... First-team All-Ivy… 6.1 per carry and 142 yards per game… Led the FCS in touchdowns and scoring average… 26 total TDs broke school record… 22 rushing TDs were second… 1,423 rushing yards were third… Tied school record with five TD runs against Army (28-185), including 3-yard plunge in OT to end game. collegesportsmadness.com national player of the week… New England Sports Writers Sept. 27 Gold Helmet Award… Featured on Sept. 27 ESPN College Football Final show as well as Sept. 28 NFL Primetime,.. Scored five TDs (4 rush) with 184 yards against Colgate… Ran for 152 on 19 carries with a TD in win over Lehigh… Second ranked prospect in the September rankings for the 2015 CFL Draft... National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete… Finalist for William Campbell Trophy, awarded for the nation's top football playing scholar-athlete by the NFF… Gridiron Club of Boston’s FCS Swede Nelson Award Winner… F. Wilder Bellamy Jr. Memorial Prize given by the Yale's Council of Masters (May 2014) for student who best exemplify the qualities for which the alumnus is remembered, including personal integrity, loyalty to friends and high-spiritedness in athletics, academics and social life.

2014 - End of Year Awards

  • Bushnell Cup Winner (Ivy Offensive MVP)
  • 2nd Team All-America by The Sports Network
  • 3rd Team All-America by Beyond Sports Network
  • First-Team All-Ivy League
  • Gold Helmet (NEFW Top Senior in New England)
  • NFF Scholar-Athlete Award (sponsored by NYAC)
  • Finalist for William Campbell Trophy (NFF)
  • Swede Nelson Award (Gridiron Club of Boston, Scholar-Athlete)
  • 2015 Reese's Senior Bowl Invitation (Jan. 24, Mobile, Ala.)
  • College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty All-America Team
  • FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-America
  • Berkeley Fellows Prize (Yale's Berkeley College)


2013: Honorable Mention All-Ivy League despite missing four games... Started first five games, missed following four with injury... Returned for Harvard but was injured in first half... Career-high 236 yards on 39 carries against Colgate (3rd best at Yale)... Averaged 104.5 yds per games... His 641 yards were fourth in Ivy... Had 125 carries and one TD... Earned CFPA, BSN, and College Sports Madness honors for his performance against Colgate... Ivy Honor Roll against Cal-Poly... CFPA Second-Team Pre-Season FCS All-America... CFPA "Watch List" for FCS Performer of Year... Named to two pre-season All-America teams and numerous all-league squads... 

2012: The Sports Network Second-Team All-America as "all-purpose" player... HM bsncollege.com FCS All-America at RB... First-Team All-Ivy... First-Team All-New England... Led nation with 194.2 all-purpose yards per game while playing RB, QB and returning kickoffs... Led Ivy League with 116.9 rushing average and five games with 100 yards or more... Rushed for eight TDs and caught one scoring pass to lead team with 54 points... Averaged 23.6 on KOR... Played 8 of 10 games... Set Yale rushing record for a QB with 220 yards on 25 carries at Columbia.

Before Yale: Was a freshman at University of Western Ontario in 2011… Team MVP… Conference and CIS National Freshman of the Year… Led nation in scoring… Yale Class of 2015… At Cameron Heights Collegiate: Played five positions … Scored over 100 TDs … Four-time team MVP… Played on the 2010 Provincial All-Star Team and was named the most valuable high school football player in Canada… 2010 NUC Combines Regional MVP, Ultimate 100 Player and All-World Game selection… Selected to the 2011 and 2012 U20 World and 2012 Jr. National U20 football teams… Multiple athlete of the year honors… Also competed in track & field, basketball and swimming... Owns regional long jump and shot put records and the 2007 100m title... Graduated from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program with a 4.0 GPA… Extensive competitive history in AAA baseball, all-star football and alpine ski-racing.

Personal: John Tyler Varga is the son of Hannele Sundberg and John Varga … Born in Sweden … Speaks three languages … Parents are accomplished athletes...Berkeley College resident...Interested in pursuing a career in medicine… a 3.56 GPA and an ecology & evolutionary biology major.



Date, Opponent, Attempts-Yards (TDs)

Nov. 22, 2014, Harvard: 30-127 (2 rush, 1 rec.)

Nov. 15, 2014, Princeton: 26-137 (2 rush, 1 rec.)

Nov. 8, 2014, Brown: 35-204 (2) – 9th best at Yale, IVY POW

Nov. 1, 2014, Columbia: 17-106 (2)

Oct. 25, 2014, Penn: 23-140 (2)

Oct. 18, 2014, Colgate: 25-184 (4 rush, 1 rec.)

Oct. 11, 2014, Dartmouth: 20-105 (1 rush, 1 rec.)

Sept. 27, 2014, Army: 28-185 (5), IVY & National POW

Sept. 20, 2014, Lehigh: 19-152

Oct. 5, 2013, Cal-Poly: 26-114

Sept. 28, 2013, Cornell: 21-105

Sept. 21, 2013, Colgate: 39-236 (1) – 3rd best at Yale

Nov. 3, 2012, Brown: 20-104

Oct. 27, 2012, Columbia: 25-220 (3) – 7th best at Yale; played QB

Oct. 13, 2012, Lafayette: 23-100

Sept. 29, 2012, Colgate: 21-125 (1)

Sept. 15, 2012, Georgetown: 21-103 (2)