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Varga Earns Gold Helmet

Tyler Varga. (photo by Kevin Warhola)
Tyler Varga. (photo by Kevin Warhola)

Bulldog Gets New England Honor

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.), the Yale offensive star who leads the Ivy League in rushing, has been named the Gold Helmet recipient for New England Division I football players after gaining 220 yards on 25 carries in last Saturday's game at Columbia.

This honor, handed out by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, is Yale's first since Philippe Panico won it in 2010 after the Dartmouth game.

Varga, a first-year U.S. collegian, got his first start at quarterback at Wien Stadium. He played tailback the first six weeks of the season. The Bulldogs had lost three signal-callers in a win over Penn the previous week, and the Yale newcomer was moved into the role. The sophomore scored on runs of 28, 3 and 25 yards, accounting for all of Yale's touchdowns in the 26-22 loss to the Lions.

Varga leads the Ivy League with 122 rushing yards per game and 208 all-purpose. He has rushed for over 100 yards in four of his six games, while he is the only Ivy player to rush for more than 200 in a game this season. His 220 at Columbia are sixth best for a Bulldog player. He was the first newcomer to run for triple digits in his Yale debut since Mike McLeod in 2005. Varga, who played at the University of Western Ontario in 2011.

The Bulldogs are at Brown this Saturday at 12:30 in a game that airs live on YES Network.