5 Things We Learned from Colin Kaepernick during Vikings Week

Colin Kaepernick has been at his best when the lights are at their brightest.

In four career games on "Monday Night Football," the quarterback has thrown for 1,018 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions. Those numbers have produced a 4-0 record and a 125.8 passer rating.

Kaepernick returns to center stage this Monday evening for the San Francisco 49ers Week 1 tilt against the Minnesota Vikings.

As he closes in on his third season opener as San Francisco's starting signal-caller, Kaepernick met with Bay Area media on Thursday and touched on a range of Week 1 topics.

Here are six things the quarterback said that will get you amped up for the primetime affair.

1. When relayed stats about his aforementioned success on "Monday Night Football," Kaepernick told reporters that he gets nostalgic about his football roots when playing at night.

"I've loved playing under the lights since high school really," Kaepernick said. "It takes you back to the old days. It's a different vibe than playing in the day, and I think everybody likes that feeling."

Kaepernick began his starting career with a stellar performance on Monday night versus the Chicago Bears in 2012. He threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns in that game. Last year, Kaepernick threw for a season-high 343 yards and three touchdowns against the St. Louis Rams on Monday night.

2. As every team does in the preseason, the 49ers kept to a basic playbook to save some wrinkles for when the games actually count. Kaepernick said the exhibition seasons still gave his team opportunities to find comfort in Geep Chryst's new offense.

"It's not really about what plays you're running," Kaepernick said. "It's about the players running the plays, executing them and getting the job done.

"Everyone in here has worked every day to make sure when we did get to Week 1, we'd be ready to compete."

3. "Tempo" was the word of the offseason for the 49ers.

Jim Tomsula stressed speed throughout practices in hopes of the offense getting to the line of scrimmage with ample time left on the play clock.

How well has Kaepernick and Co. made the transition?

"Our players have adjusted phenomenally. It's become second-nature for us," Kaepernick said. "It's something we don't think about anymore, we just operate at that speed.

"I think this team has confidence in what we're doing and our ability to go out there and execute."

The San Francisco 49ers spent Thursday working against the scout team in preparations for hosting the Minnesota Vikings in their 2015 opener.

4. One teammate Kaepernick is particularly eager to see on Monday is Vernon Davis.

The veteran tight end is hopeful for a big season in 2015, and his quarterback believes it will happen.

"We just need Vernon to be Vernon. He's a phenomenal player, a great talent and someone who can make great contributions to this team," Kaepernick said. "When we step on that field, I think everyone will be excited to see what he does."

5.  Kaepernick hopes to usher in the Tomsula coaching era with a bang.

"It'd be great for his first game to be a win," Kaepernick said. "That's what we're going to try to do."

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