Friday, May 15, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Varga selected by Calgary Stampeders in CFL Draft
Varga's agent Joe Linta said last week Varga didn't have any interest in playing in the CFL right now. Varga went undrafted in the NFL Draft, but signed a three-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts. He's in mini-camp with the Colts now.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Yale officially announces incoming class
Name Pos. State
Ian Baker DE Ohio
Jarrett Balter LB California
Daniel Debner RB New Jersey
Kyle Ellerson RB New Jersey
Peter Firestone OL New Jersey
Alex Galland K/P California
Jamison Hale OL California
Quintin Herbert LB Ohio
Bo Hines WR North Carolina
Daniel James DL Louisiana
Jackson Keimeg TE Washington
Bronson Krull DL Ohio
John Lager TE Minnesota
John Lee OL Minnesota
Rees LeMay OL Texas
Mike Lighten* RB New York
Kyle Marcinick WR Ohio
Chris Maxwell LB Ohio
CJ McCord DB California
Tre Moore QB Missouri
Kyle Mullen DL New Jersey
James Nicholas DB New York
Ryan Oak LS California
Edrico Oliver TE California
Scott Patton DB California
Marquise Peggs CB Illinois
Hunter Roman DL Connecticut
Jacob Schmidt TE Michigan
Harry Seavey* K/P New York
Hunter Simino LS Michigan
Jacob Van de Grift OL California
Jimmy Wilkins LB Texas
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Smith to tryout with Patriots
Smith is the Bulldogs career kickoff return yards leader and is ninth on the program's career reception list with 110. His 1,495 career receiving yards is also ninth.
Monday, May 04, 2015
Cook invited to Tampa Bay Buccaneers camp
Yale LB Charles Cook has been invited to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mini-camp.
He will head out to Florida for a three-day camp that begins on Thursday. Cook impressed scouts at the Yale Pro Day and also attended a workout with the Dallas Cowboys prior to the draft.
The 6-3, 220-pound Cook was a second-team All-Ivy pick last season for the Bulldogs. He started all 10 games and recorded 54 tackles.
Saturday, May 02, 2015
Tyler Varga signs with Colts
While he wasn’t one of the 256 players selected in this year’s NFL Draft, Varga signed Saturday with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent.
The deal is for three years and Varga said he will receive a signing bonus. He added, he will head out to Indianapolis on Thursday for OTAs which begin on May 18.
“I was a little disappointed I didn’t get drafted, but at the same time I have the same opportunity now,” Varga said. “This makes me more hungry. I will work harder than I am already.”
Varga said close to 10 teams called him on Saturday, expressing interest in him as a potential draft pick or an undrafted free agent. Joe Linta, Varga’s agent, said prior to the draft that Varga was a projected fifth- to sixth-round pick.
Varga said he is unsure whether he will play running back or fullback with the Colts. He added he is excited to play with a playoff contender, a great quarterback in Andrew Luck, a strong offensive line and learn from a veteran running back like Frank Gore.
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Varga said. “It’s the best place for me at this point to make a team. I’m excited to move forward here with my football career.”
Varga stayed in New Haven to watch the draft with friends and teammates on Saturday. The power went out on the Yale campus, so Varga watched the beginning of the draft with a handful at Yorkside Pizza, a local restaurant, and then moved over to Yale’s player lounge when the power was back on. ESPN was also in attendance to film Varga.
Varga earned the Ivy League’s offensive player of the year last year and finished his career as the historic program’s fourth all-time leading rusher with 2,985 career yards. He is also third on the school’s all-time list with 31 touchdowns.
The 5-11, 222-pound back was the first Yale player to be selected to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl. He rushed for two touchdowns to lead the North to a 34-13 win. Varga, who was named team captain prior to the game, finished with four carries for 31 yards and the two fourth-quarter scores. He also came up with some key blocks at fullback and added three receptions for 39 yards.
Varga, who was born in Sweden and moved to Canada, transferred in from Western Ontario for his sophomore season. He was the nation’s leading scorer and the CIS National Freshman of the Year at Western Ontario. Varga is projected to be among the top picks in the CFL Draft on May 12.
Harvard linebacker Zach Hodges also signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent. Another client of Linta’s, Sacred Heart defensive back Gordon Hill, signed a three-year deal with the San Diego Chargers.
The last Yale player to be drafted was Shane Bannon. The Kansas City Chiefs selected Bannon in the seventh round in 2011.
“I saw a lot of guys that went before me that I think I can beat out,” Varga said. “I’m just going to go out and prove that.”
Yale players selected to NFF Hampshire Honor Society
A total of 817 players from 278 schools qualified for membership in the society's ninth year, setting a new record for the number of schools represented in the history of the program, which began in 2007.
|Yale University||Benjamin Carbery|
|Yale University||Austin Carter|
|Yale University||William Chism|
|Yale University||Adam Conklin|
|Yale University||Davis Frank|
|Yale University||Everett Johnson|
|Yale University||Theodore Keys|
|Yale University||Carl Kreitzberg|
|Yale University||Jeffrey Schmittgens|
|Yale University||George Toms|
|Yale University||Tyler Varga|
|Yale University||Grant Wallace|
Friday, May 01, 2015
Tyler Varga expected to be chosen on final day of NFL Draft
Player Year Team Round No.
Bob “Choo-Choo” Train 1936 Detroit Lions 9 80
Larry Kelley 1937 Detroit Lions 9 87
Clint Frank 1938 Detroit Lions 12 106
Paul Walker 1945 Detroit Lions 10 95
Fritz Barzilauskas 1947 Boston Yanks 1 3
John Prchlik 1947 Boston Yanks 30 277
Bill Schuler 1947 New York Giants 31 292
Bob “Tex” Furse 1948 Boston Yanks 8 59
Jack Roderick 1948 Boston Yanks 24 219
Ferd Nadherny 1950 Chicago Bears 29 374
Fritz Barzilauskas 1950 New York Giants 19 241
Bob Spears 1952 Chicago Bears 16 188
Ed Woodsum 1953 Chicago Cardinals 11 124
Phil Tarasovic 1956 Pittsburgh Steelers 12 135
Al Ward 1957 Chicago Bears 8 91
Dennis McGill 1957 Philadelphia Eagles 24 278
Paul Lopata 1957 Wash. Redskins 8 93
Mike Pyle 1961 Chicago Bears 7 89
1961 New York Titans 17
Ben Balme 1961 Philadelphia Eagles 6 84
1961 L.A. Chargers 24
Dick Niglio 1964 Chicago Bears 20 280
1964 Boston Patriots 26 204
Chuck Mercein 1965 New York Giants 3 29
1965 Buffalo Bills 10
Bob Greenlee 1967 Miami Dolphins 4 84
Calvin Hill 1969 Dallas Cowboys 1 24
Bruce Weinstein 1969 Miami Dolphins 8 193
Brian Dowling 1969 Minnesota Vikings 11 277
Tom Neville 1971 Baltimore Colts 13 338
Jim Gallagher 1971 Minnesota Vikings 14 362
Don Martin 1971 Oakland Raiders 7 157
Bob Leyen 1973 Dallas Cowboys 6 151
Dick Jauron 1973 Detroit Lions 4 91
Greg Dubinetz 1975 Cincinnati Bengals 9 220
Elvin Charity 1975 Cincinnati Bengals 17 432
Rudy Green 1975 Detroit Lions 15 375
Tom Doyle 1975 Oakland Raiders 14 362
Gary Fencik 1976 Miami Dolphins 10 281
John Spagnola 1979 N.E. Patriots 9 245
Kenny Hill 1980 Oakland Raiders 8 194
Jeff Rohrer 1982 Dallas Cowboys 2 53
Rich Diana 1982 Miami Dolphins 5 136
Curt Grieve 1982 Philadelphia Eagles 6 159
Eric Johnson 2001 S.F. 49ers 7 224
Than Merrill 2001 T.B. Buccaneers 7 223
Nate Lawrie 2004 T.B. Buccaneers 6 181
Shane Bannon 2011 Kansas City Chiefs 7 223