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Ex-Michigan Quarterback Cade McNamara Has Honest Admission On His Final Year At UM

Cade McNamara, Michigan Wolverines Football

Former Michigan QB Cade McNamara

Cade McNamara is looking to change the narrative surrounding his game. 

In a sit-down with coach Jordan Palmer and Texans' quarterback Kyle Allen this week on "The Room" podcast, McNamara recounted his final year at Michigan and offered his take on why he chose to transfer away from the Wolverines. 

McNamara, who announced his plans to transfer to Iowa earlier this week, described his tumultuous last year at Michigan as "my highest high" and "my lowest low." 

The pinnacle, per McNamara, came when the quarterback was named a team captain heading into the 2022 season. Fresh off of a 12-2 run that included beating Ohio State, winning a Big Ten title, and appearing in the College Football Playoff, McNamara felt on top of the world. 

However, when coach Jim Harbaugh announced a quarterback competition to start this season, everything changed. 

According to Harbaugh, McNamara would start in Michigan's regular season opener against Colorado State while JJ McCarthy, a former five-star recruit, would take the reins of Michigan's offense in Week 2 against Hawaii. 

Michigan dismantled Colorado State 51-7 in McNamara's Week 1 start, though whispers of McCarthy garnering more playing time began to spread throughout the walls at U of M. 

Then, in Week 2 against Hawai'i, the unexplainable happened. JJ McCarthy started as planned, but after Michigan went up big into halftime, McNamara was put into the game to start the third quarter. 

Despite the Wolverines being up 42-0, an eruption of 'boos' rained down from the Michigan crowd when they saw it was McNamara, not McCarthy, trotting onto the field to start the second half. 

After the Hawai'i game, McCarthy was named Michigan's starter for the rest of the season while McNamara, just one year removed from making history with the Wolverines, manned the bench. 

Fast forward to early-December and McNamara is now looking to alter the perspective surrounding him as a quarterback following his transfer to Iowa. 

"I’m well aware of how Iowa’s offense is viewed," McNamara said. "But for me, it’s like the biggest opportunity to flip it. [It] was such an intriguing opportunity — because not only are they looking to change, but I’m looking to change the perception of my own game as well."

McNamara states that he no longer wants to be labeled as a "game manager" and that he's committed to turning the Iowa offense around. 

The Hawkeyes, now armed with McNamara behind center, will open their 2023 season at home versus Utah State.