Ian Johnson did all he could to distinguish himself in a crowded Vikings backfield Friday night, when he had nine carries during the second half of a 13-3 preseason-opening victory over the Colts.

On Johnson’s longest run — a 16-yard burst up the middle — the rookie displayed patience and toughness, taking on Indianapolis safety Matt Giordano for a few extra yards.

When it was all said and done, Johnson finished with 50 rushing yards and added a 9-yard reception from QB John David Booty.