Saturday, May 02, 2015

Tyler Varga signs with Colts

NEW HAVEN >> It may not have went the way he planned, but Yale running back Tyler Varga will still get an opportunity to fulfil his NFL dream.

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.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the difference between 4.7 and 4.5 only about 495k. A 5k signing bonus and a bed with a pillow for camp vs a rookie contract. " only a few strides." Dumbest comment on this blog in the history of it.

8:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I blame the coaching staff. He didn't practice once the entire season and was babied by Reno. That cost him getting drafted, he had the talent.

10:58 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh, here we go again. Enough of this nonsense from you clowns.

Best wishes for a great player who also seems to be a great kid. Seems to have found a decent situation, not much behind Gore. They drafted one RB, relatively late, and hopefully aren't bringing in a lot of UDFA RBs.

2:07 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:30,And you have achieved what with your negative miserable life?

9:59 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw that Charles Cook was invited to the Tampa Bay rookie camp too. Congrats to two great Yale football players!

11:35 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It may not have WENT the way he planned" Really? At a big-city newspaper?

9:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is in a really tough spot to make the team. The have 3 NFL backs with experience and drafted one this year.

10:22 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is true, but that is what this kid strives for and feeds on.
Jon Harris

9:08 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not sure he feeds on competition.

9:27 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he's cheaper than the veterans, and the ones behind gore haven't achieved all that much. he has a solid chance here, particularly if he does well on special teams.

11:27 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:27 your a smart ass punk

3:08 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they liked him that much, he would have been drafted in front of the RB they took.

2:38 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not necessarily 2:38PM. If they knew they could get him as a FA (which obviously they did) then why would they waste a pick on him? Choosing draft picks and players in free agency correctly is much more than just knowing your teams needs.

12:43 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:38, maybe they like them both and they both have a shot

5:12 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if Varga goes to Canada to play football. Clearly his value in the NFL was not very much.

11:15 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 players drafted in 15 years but Reno is telling recruits you can go to the NFL from Yale.

1:40 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely,you can if your good enough they will find you.

4:09 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never ceases to amaze me how some people can live such a negative life. People must just love to hang out with you?

4:16 PM 

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