Canadian at the Senior Bowl

A running back from Kitchener Ontario will be playing in college football’s premier prospect game.

Tyler Varga, a Yale Bulldog who was a four-time football MVP at Cameron Heights Collegiate in Kitchener, has accepted an invitation to play in the prestigious 2015 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Varga, a 5-foot-11, 224-pound full back, is only the second player in Yale history to be invited to the prestigious college football showcase game.

The Senior Bowl annually features North America’s best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South (Varga will play for the North). The teams are coached by the entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams.

Overall only 110 players are invited to fill the rosters of the North and South squads. Nearly every season, at least 30 percent of the National Football League is comprised of Senior Bowl alumni. As Sportsnet’s Justin Dunk pointed out in a December 4 column, 84 of the 110 participants in the 2014 Senior Bowl went on to be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Varga’s invitation came after he rushed for 1,423 yards and 22 touchdowns in his senior season (2014). He also added four touchdown receptions on the way to setting a new Yale single-season record with a total of 26 touchdowns.

Varga was also a unanimous selection at running back for the first team All-Ivy squad.

Practices are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. The game is set to kickoff at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, January 24 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile.

The complete group of players who have accepted invitations, including Varga, is listed here:

According to Dunk, all 32 NFL teams visited Yale’s campus to see the talented Canadian back at one time or another during his senior season.

“Without any question, he will play on Sundays,” Yale head coach Tony Reno told TSN’s James Duthie during the season. “He’s an incredible talent. He can do all three things. He can run, he can block, and he can catch the football extremely well. To play in the NFL, if you have a checkmark against you in one of those categories, you better be incredibly talented at one or two of the others to make it. But Ty has all three. He could play tailback, he could play fullback, he could play H-back.”

Varga played his first year of university football in the CIS at Western before transferring to Yale.

“He’s a great leader,” Reno told TSN. “He eats, sleeps, drinks football and somehow carries a 3.7 GPA. Pretty incredible kid.”