(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer It's fitting that Thomas Tyner's nickname is Dash.
The freshman running back made his highly anticipated debut for No. 2 Oregon last weekend against Virginia and scored the first time he was handed the ball.
Oregon went on to defeat the Cavaliers 59-10 and Tyner had a coming out party as the latest speedster for the Ducks' vaunted offense.
''For me to get in the end zone on my first carry as a Duck was exciting, I can't even explain the feeling,'' he said afterward.
The Ducks introduced Tyner late in the game. He first scored on a 3-yard run to make it 52-10 then added a 31-yard touchdown dash for the final margin. He only carried the ball four times, gaining 51 yards.
''A natural runner,'' Ducks coach Mark Helfrich said. ''I thought that zone cut on his longer touchdown was a natural cut. Either guys have that or they don't. Gary Campbell is an incredible running back coach, but you can't teach that feel, so ...