(WTNH)–The Senior Bowl can best be described as a kind of college football “Hunger Games”. It’s a time when a chosen few college seniors (106 to be exact), gather together in Mobile, Alabama, to practice with NFL coaches, interview with teams, and jockey for position in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Like the “Hunger Games”, anything can happen in the Senior Bowl, where Maxwell Award candidate quarterbacks (like Auburn’s Nick Marshall) play defensive back, and Ivy League running backs force announcers to sing their school’s fight song while flirting with the game’s MVP award (see below).
The latter, of course, is the reason why we’re here.
Yale running back Tyler Varga, winner of the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Player of the Year, rushed four times for 31 yards and scored two touchdowns in the game on Saturday, leading the North to a 34-13 victory over the South. Both of Varga’s scores came in the fourth quarter. He also spent some time at fullback, and added three receptions for 39 yards.
Varga was named the North team’s captain before the game.
“I think it shows that we can play football in the Ivy League too,” Varga told reporters after the game. “I think a lot of people look down on our conference in terms of — obviously not in intelligence — but in terms of our caliber of play. Definitely I think coming out here and showing we can play ball elevates those standards in people’s minds hopefully.”
The impressive Senior Bowl performance is just another feather in the cap for Varga, who rushed for 1,423 yards and 22 touchdowns in leading Yale to an 8-2 record and a second-place finish in the Ivy League this season.
The 5-11, 224-pound running back was named an FCS All-American. He is expected to be selected in the NFL Draft this spring.