Michigan’s backup quarterback Cade McNamara suffered a leg injury near the end of the first half of Saturday’s 59-0 victory over UConn and is expected to miss several weeks of action.
After the game, coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters that McNamara will likely miss a few weeks but that it is unlikely to be a season-ending injury. McNamara was the starting quarterback for Michigan last year, and he was a big reason why the Wolverines won the Big Ten and made it to the playoffs.
Harbaugh claimed that Cade would be gone for a while because “his foot was stuck in the ground and got whacked in the side.” It’s probably not going to kill his season, but he’ll be out for a while.
On Saturday, J.J. McCarthy took over as the starting quarterback after a public quarterback controversy over the first two games of the season. After being substituted in for a few plays at the end of the first half, McNamara was hurt on a hit.
However, McCarthy completed 15 of 18 passes for 214 yards, while McNamara completed only one. With a 34-0 halftime lead, the club started rotating through their backup quarterbacks, including Alan Bowman, Alex Orji, and Davis Warren.
Jim Harbaugh says Cade McNamara is going to be out a few weeks
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Bowman began as a freshman at Texas Tech in 2018, and he started three games in 2019 until an injury sidelined him. This gives the Wolverines depth at the position despite the loss of McNamara. Eight games into the 2020 season, he transferred to Michigan. Although he has much game experience, Warren completed 12 of 23 passes for 175 yards in the spring game.
He’s a walk-on at Michigan and has already made an impact. With McNamara out, Harbaugh was questioned about a potential replacement, to which he replied, “The coaches will evaluate the issue, and all alternatives are on the table.”
McNamara was the top-ranked prospect in Nevada for football and had originally committed to play for Notre Dame. In March of 2018, he revealed that he had changed his mind and was now committed to Michigan.
McNamara chose Michigan over offers from Alabama, Georgia, and USC, and he has Jim Harbaugh to thank for that. He graduated from high school in December 2018, and he enrolled in the University of Michigan in January 2019 as an early enrollee. His 2019 football season was a bye year for him.
McNamara made his collegiate football debut on November 14, 2020, against Wisconsin. While the Wolverines were down 35-3 in the third quarter, he came in. He completed a touchdown throw to Mike Sainristil on his first drive of the game and added a two-point conversion pass.
McNamara entered Michigan’s game against Rutgers on November 21, 2020, in the second quarter with Michigan behind 17-0. After falling behind early, he orchestrated a comeback that resulted in a 48–42 triumph in triple overtime. McNamara threw for 260 yards and four touchdowns while also scoring one on the ground.
The 17-point comeback was the third largest in Michigan history. On November 28th, McNamara faced Penn State in his first career starting quarterback role. Despite battling injury, he completed just 12 of 25 passes for 91 yards in a 17-27 loss.
McNamara had a solid 2021 season as Michigan’s starting quarterback, as the Wolverines won the Big Ten Championship and qualified for the College Football Playoff for the first time in school history thanks in large part to his play.
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