Michigan Quarterback Cade McNamara to Transfer to Iowa

By Garrick Hodge on December 1, 2022 at 8:02 pm
Cade McNamara
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Former Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara has decided to stay in the Big Ten, as the Wolverine signal-caller announced his commitment to Iowa on Thursday.

McNamara competed with fellow Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy for the starting quarterback job this year in a competition that dragged into the regular season, as each passer was given a start before Jim Harbaugh ultimately decided on sticking with McCarthy for the rest of the year. His Michigan tenure ended with a knee injury in Week 3 against UConn that turned out to be season-ending.

In three games for Michigan this year, McNamara completed 14 of 25 passes for 180 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was Michigan's starting quarterback for the entire 2021 season and threw for 2,576 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions while completing 210 of 327 passes as he led the Wolverines to their first-ever College Football Playoff appearance.

McNamara will be the odds-on favorite to be Iowa's starting quarterback in 2023, replacing the departing senior and much-maligned Hawkeyes quarterback in Spencer Petras. Iowa finished second to last in the country this season in total offense, averaging 255.4 total yards per game, only behind New Mexico (228.1 ypg). 

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