Ex-Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara finds a new Big Ten home

Iowa City, Iowa - Out with the Wolverines, in with the Hawkeyes! Cade McNamara is officially moving to Iowa.

Former Michigan quarterback, Cade McNamara, will play for the Iowa Hawkeyes next season after entering the transfer portal on Monday.
Former Michigan quarterback, Cade McNamara, will play for the Iowa Hawkeyes next season after entering the transfer portal on Monday.  © NIC ANTAYA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

The former Michigan quarterback, who helped the Wolverines to a Big Ten title and first ever College Football Playoff berth, is changing teams.

McNamara, who has two seasons of eligibility left, entered the transfer portal as a graduate on Monday and revealed his new home on Thursday night.

"New beginning," McNamara tweeted with the hashtag #Hawkeyes.

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Recovering from a season-ending surgery after sustaining an injury during Week 3 of the season, in 2021, McNamara threw for 2,576 yards and 15 touchdowns and six interceptions in 14 games as Michigan's Starter.

McNamara will become a huge asset to the Iowa program that will lose the multi-year starting quarterback Spencer Petras and backup Alex Padilla, who entered the transfer portal Tuesday as a graduate student.

This season, Iowa struggled badly on offense, ranking 123rd nationally in scoring and 122nd in passing. The Hawkeyes finished 7-5 the regular season.

McNamara isn't the first big quarterback to move between the two teams in recent years. In 2015, Jake Rudock started multiple seasons at Iowa before transferring to Michigan as a graduate student in head coach Jim Harbaugh's first season in Michigan.

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