By: Matt Gad
For any football player, just being active on an NFL roster is a huge accomplishment. Sure, Yale’s Tyler Varga went undrafted this spring, but he was definitely not left unhappy.
The Indianapolis Colts rookie and former Yale running back plays wherever the team asks him to. Varga has been commonly used on special teams, as well as at fullback, and sometimes at running back so far this season.
Not many athletes make it to the professional level from Yale. Varga studied biology at New Haven’s world-famous university, but the Canadian was also excelling on the field, leading a solid season for the Blue and White.
He had multiple multi-touchdown games, and even occasions where he not only rushed for scores, but caught them as well, lined up as a receiver.
Whether then-junior QB Morgan Roberts was handing it off, or throwing it wide or deep, if Varga was involved, something big was going to happen.
Now, Yale is left without its powerful, speedy tailback, and without one of its main wideouts from last year’s campaign, Deon Randall.
But Yale is 1-0, after a come-from-behind-victory at Colgate last week, and now they open up the year at home against Cornell. The Big Red also kick-off their Ivy League season.
In Indianapolis, Varga is still a positive man. Yes, he is just blessed to be there, but losses to the Bills and the Jets (on Monday Night Football, nonetheless) sting a little harder to open it up. Yet, he is getting his chances, and when given the ball, it seems apparent that he will stick around for some time.
What Tyler Varga would wish for, we think, is a memorable opening year, and that can happen if young star quarterback Andrew Luck, and a developing Colt front seven can get it together. The Colts are too talented a team to start 0-2, and too talented a team to stay down. They will dig themselves out of their winless pit, but it is anyone’s guess how their season will ultimately play out.
No matter how successful Indy is in 2015, it seems like the former Ivy League scholar, and Canadian “wonder boy” is ready for the show.