It wasn't quite the same kind of performance that Toby Gerhart was used to during his record-breaking days at Stanford University. He didn't carry the ball a lot or score any touchdowns, which he did while earning All-American honors and accolades like being the Heisman Trophy runnerup.
Gerhart couldn't even help his team win. That, of course, was good news to San Francisco 49er fans who watched their team hold off Gerhart's Minnesota Vikings, 15-10, in an NFL exhibition game on Sunday at Candlestick Park.
Gerhart's official return to the Bay Area saw him carry the ball four times for 10 yards and catch two passes for 11 more while being used sparingly.
Gerhart had plenty of family support at the game, with sisters Kelsey and Teagan wearing Vikings' jerseys sporting their brother's No. 32. Other family members were in attendance, as well, to support the rookie running back.
Gerhart has rushed 12 times for 34 yards and no touchdowns while the Vikings have opened with a 1-1 record. He ranks No. 2 on the team behind Joe Webb's 77 rushing yards. Gerhart also has caught four passes for 15 yards while trying to earn a spot on the team.