Michigan QB Cade McNamara enters transfer portal

Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara has entered the transfer portal as a graduate transfer.

McNamara was the No. 253 prospect in the 2019 class, having initially committed to Notre Dame before moving to Michigan. He saw no game action in his freshman year with Shea Patterson as a starter, but played in four of 10 games in 2020 after replacing starter Joe Milton III.

McNamara threw for 425 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions in a season disrupted by COVID-19 restrictions. He retained the starting job for 2021 despite the addition of ESPN 300 quarterback JJ McCarthy.

Last year, McNamara led the Wolverines to their first Big Ten title under Jim Harbaugh and a place in the college football playoffs. In 14 games, he threw for 2,576 yards and 15 touchdowns with six interceptions.

Ahead of the 2022 season, Harbaugh announced there would be a quarterback contest between McNamara and McCarthy that would lead into the season. McNamara started the first game against Colorado State in which he had 136 yards and one touchdown and completed 50% of his passes.

McCarthy started the second game and won the contest as a starter. In addition to being named backup, McNamara suffered a leg injury in the second half of game three of the season against UConn. His injury required surgery and he has not returned during the regular season.

McNamara, who is from Reno, Nevada, may have two seasons to play at another school. He redshirted as a freshman in 2019 and the NCAA has given every student-athlete from the 2020-21 school year an additional year of eligibility.

https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/35131596/michigan-qb-cade-mcnamara-enters-transfer-portal Michigan QB Cade McNamara enters transfer portal

Emma Bowman

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