Earlier this week, 247Sports’ Isaac Trotter broke down the ins and outs of 15 transfer quarterback decisions. Iowa transfer quarterback Cade McNamara made this list.
Trotter wrote that McNamara “never got much credit for leading Michigan to the college football playoffs in 2021” and that he “represents a massive talent boost for Iowa.”
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Iowa fans are optimistic that Trotter’s claim may be true. After the past two seasons, it almost feels like a foregone conclusion that it will be.
However, how much better will McNamara do compared to Iowa and where does he rank among the Big Ten signings? 247Sports’ Brad Crawford has chosen the 25 most influential Big Ten transfers of 2023.
McNamara led the rankings. Here’s what Crawford had to say about why Damonte Ranch’s product got the highest rating.
The Hawkeyes’ offense, which has been the joke for years, should be rejuvenated in 2023 with a playmaker at quarterback, a motivated one at that. McNamara sees his transfer to Iowa as a personal show-me moment, a chance to prove to others that he has what it takes to win a Big Ten championship on another program. McNamara lost the Michigan seed to JJ McCarthy early in the 2022 season. McNamara was the main starter for the Wolverines during their Big Ten championship run in 2021. McNamara finished the season with 210 of 327 passes for 2,576 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. In the 2021 Big Ten Championship Game against Iowa, McNamara completed 16 of 24 passes for 169 yards, one touchdown and one interception. – Crawford, 247Sports.
McNamara seems motivated to prove he’s one of the Big Ten’s best quarterbacks after being substituted for JJ McCarthy at Ann Arbor after leading Michigan to a Big Ten championship in 2021.
“For me, I didn’t want to be called a game manager anymore and I understand the insults Iowa have had in the past, but they made it very clear that we don’t want to stay that way. We’re aware that to make us contenders for the Big Ten championship again, we’re aware, and for me it’s been such an intriguing opportunity because not only do they want to change, but I really want to change my perception my own game,” McNamara said.
From this point of view, it is the perfect marriage. Iowa needs to fix its offensive production and McNamara is trying to change his perspective among the Big Ten and the nation’s top quarterbacks.
At least according to Crawford, this move is the most impactful transfer in the Big Ten. Given that Iowa has finished the last two seasons with the nation’s 121st and 130th total attacking seasons, respectively, it’s easy to see why McNamara’s arrival is considered the league’s greatest.
Here’s the full breakdown of the Big Ten’s top 25 signings, according to Crawford.
#25-21 Big Ten transfers
#25 – Billy Kemp, WR, Nebraska
#24 – Ademola Faleye, TE, Michigan State
#23 – Corey Collier, CB, Nebraska
#22 – Tyrese Chambers, WR, Maryland
#21 – Drake Nugent, IOL, Michigan
#20-16 Big Ten transfers
#20 – Malik McClain, WR, Penn State
#19 – Myles Hinton, OT, Michigan
#18 – Storm Duke, CB, Penn State
#17 – CJ Williams, WR, Wisconsin
#16 – Avantae Williams, S., Maryland
No. 15-11 Big Ten transfers
#15 – Arik Gilbert, TE, Nebraska
#14 – Jeff Sims, QB, Nebraska
#13 – Elijah Spencer, WR, Minnesota
#12 – Ja’Quan Sheppard, WR, Maryland
#11 – AJ Barner, TE, Michigan
No. 10-6 Big Ten transfers
#10 – Ja’Had Carter, S, Ohio State
#9 – Luke Altmyer, QB, Illinois
#8 – Andre Carter, DL, Indiana
#7 – Tunmise Adeleye, DL, Michigan State
#6 – Hudson card, QB, Purdue
No. 5-1 Big Ten transfers
#5 – Dante Cephas, WR, Penn State
number 4 – Ladarius Henderson, OL, Michigan
#3 – Tanner Mordechai, QB, Wisconsin
No. 2 – Ernest Hausman, LB, Michigan
Number 1 – Cade McNamara, QB, Iowa
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