October 12th, 2012 | Sports

Running back Varga ’16 to return to field

Running back Tyler Varga ’16 leads the Bulldogs and is third in the Ivy League this year with an average of 106.3 rushing yards per game.
Running back Tyler Varga ’16 leads the Bulldogs and is third in the Ivy League this year with an average of 106.3 rushing yards per game. Photo by Sara Miller.

Yale was informed by the NCAA today that running back Tyler Varga ’16 is eligible to play football for the Bulldogs this season.

“The University has worked closely with the Ivy League and the NCAA to obtain a waiver regarding [Varga’s] status as a transfer student from a Canadian University that resolved all eligibility issues,” Associate Athletics Director for Sports Publicity Steve Conn said in a statement.

Varga was held out of last week’s 34–14 loss to Dartmouth after the University received word that his eligibility had been called into question by the NCAA the night before.

Varga played for the University of Western Ontario last season. He was named the Canadian Intervarsity Sports Rookie of the Year after rushing for 799 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Since Varga received athletic scholarship money as a student athlete for Western Ontario, he was eligible for the FCS one-time transfer exception. The exception allows players to waive the one year in residence requirement when transferring from a scholarship institution to one that does not support athletic scholarships.

Varga will return to the field at noon tomorrow as the Bulldogs host Lafayette.