Former Michigan Wolverines quarterback Cade McNamara has entered the transfer portal and now will be looking for a new school to attend. The 6’1” quarterback played in three games this season completing 14 of 25 passes for 180 yards. McNamara split time at the start of the season with sophomore J.J. McCarthy, who separated himself from McNamara in head coach John Harbaugh’s eyes.
Cade McNamara’s Career At Michigan
McNamara spent one full season as the Wolverines quarterback leading the team to a Big Ten title and a spot in the college football playoff. McNamara was pulled during the Orange Bowl last year against eventual national champion Georgia after the game got out of hand. McNamara was also voted team captain for the 2022 season by his teammates. McNamara finished the 2021 season with 15 touchdown to six interceptions throwing for 2,576 yards.
Cade McNamara with a DIME🎯🔥#CFB
— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 13, 2021
McNamara, who enrolled at the University of Michigan in 2019 and finished his Michigan career 13-3 as a starter. The former four star recruit was the seventh rank pro style quarterback coming out of Damonte Ranch High School in Reno, Nevada and was an Elite 11 finalist in 2018 while being the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018.
McNamara suffered a knee injury on September 17 against the University of Connecticut which required him to have surgery. McNamara intended to return to the Wolverines this year but was unfortunately unable to make a full recovery in time.
McNamara posted on Instagram on November 10th. “Turns out I have been dealing with a serious injury since the idle of last season, then after suffering another serious knee injury this season, my goal was to get back on the field as soon as possible. Sadly I was unable to heal properly.”
McNamara’s now former teammates have done nothing but say great things about their former captain.
J.J. McCarthy said he would not be where he is without Cade McNamara and went on saying “That guy has done so much for me and I can’t be appreciative enough for what he’s done.”
Cade my brother. I appreciate you forever, you are 100% the reason I flipped my commitment back in 2018. You told me we’d be the difference makers here and that stands true to this day. I got yo back my boy. Go be special. Love you 12 Gauge @Cademac_12
— FR0Z0NE🥶 (@MikeSainristil) November 28, 2022
Before McNamara took over as the starting quarterback Michigan had not beaten Ohio State in over ten years and he helped turn the culture of Michigan football around and lead the Wolverines to their first 12 win season since 1997.
Cade McNamara provided the spark the Michigan offense needed.
Highlights of all of our touchdowns, including that @gilesjackson__ kick return. 😳 pic.twitter.com/rw73t4X8ub
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) November 22, 2020
McNamara now has two more years of eligibility after redshirting his freshman season and gaining an extra year to play from the 2020-2021 Covid eligibility rule. Cade McNamara now becomes the biggest name to enter the transfer portal this year.
Michigan is set to play Big Ten West champion Purdue this weekend in Indianapolis for the Big Ten title.
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