Yale Soph Named Elite AP Performer
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) named Yale sophomore Tyler Varga its "2012 Elite All-Purpose Performer" this week, adding to Bulldog running back's list of honors.
Varga, who led the nation in all-purpose yards (194 average), already earned second-team All-America status, first-team All-Ivy League and All-New England honors and was named the Bulldogs' team MVP.
He did all this despite missing two games. He went over 100 rushing yards in five of his eight games and averaged 116.9 per game (13th in FCS) and 5.5 per carry for the season with 935 total yards. A standout kickoff return man, he averaged 23.6 including a 63-yarder.
Truly an all-purpose player, Varga played quarterback when needed and even started the Columbia game behind center while rushing for 220 yards.
An Open Letter to Tyler Varga from CFPA:
Dear Tyler Varga,
My name is Bradley C. Smith, and I am Executive Director of the College
Football Performance Awards. I would like to take this opportunity to commend you for all your hard work as a student-athlete at Yale.
The goal of the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) is to provide the
most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. CFPA recognizes weekly, annual, and multi-season (career) award recipients – selected based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
As a result of leading the NCAA D-I Football Championship Subdivision in all-purpose yards per game in 2012, your performance satisfies the strict criteria CFPA established for annual recognition.
On behalf of everyone at CFPA -- Assistant Director Harold A. Smith, M.D.,
Academic Review Chair Paul Studtmann, Ph.D., Associate Director Albert Driver, M.D., and academic review associates, including former Science Advisor to President Obama, Lawrence Krauss, Ph.D., please accept our sincerest congratulations.
TYLER VARGA - 2012 ELITE ALL-PURPOSE PERFORMER AWARD