Yale’s Tyler Varga was limited at the NFL Scouting Combine by a bone spur, but is expected to be OK on his pro day

Yale's Tyler Varga made quite a name for himself during this year's Senior Bowl, being named team captain before the game and rushing for two touchdowns. (Photo Credit: Glenn Andrews--USA TODAY Sports)

Yale football fans, following the potential pro career of Tyler Varga, were disappointed this past weekend to learn that a minor bone spur in his ankle prevented him from participating in the running and jumping drills at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis

However, he did compete in the 225-pound bench press, with 23 repetitions, which tied him for eighth place among running backs at the Combine.

Disappointing but not hurtful

“Obviously, it was a disappointment, but he had a lot of good interviews,” Varga’s agent, Joe Linta, told the Yale Daily News.

“It’s not going to hurt not to have been able to do some of the things in Indianapolis,” he added, pointing out that he can do everything on his pro day, March 31st.

The bone spur was not an injury, according to his coach

Yale doctors felt that, although it prevented Varga from running in the Combine, a full recovery is expected within a week.

Head coach Tony Reno said that the bone spur will not affect the way he appears to scouts. “It’s not going to inhibit him from running next week,” Reno said. “I wouldn’t even classify it as an injury.”

Reno feels that Varga is “the whole package. He can carry the ball, he can catch it out of the backfield and he can block. If you watched the Senior Bowl, there wasn’t a player on the field who demonstrated the versatility that he did.”

Varga and Sacred Heart’s Gordon Hill will have a special pro day

Because Yale is in the Football Championship Subdivision, the Bulldogs do not have their own pro day. Therefore, Varga, along with former Sacred Heart defensive back Gordon Hill, will participate in a special one to take place near, but not at, the University of Connecticut. It will run concurrently with UConn’s pro day, when the scouts will already be present.

Varga, who is 5’10” and 222 pounds of muscle, was predicted by his agent to be a fourth or fifth-round selection in the NFL draft, that will take place from April 30 to May 2.


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