The rivals rate Cade McNamara as the Big Ten’s No. 3 transfer

Cade McNamara’s move to Iowa City continues to draw applause. The 6-foot-1, 206-pound quarterback was transferred from Michigan and is expected to reverse the Hawkeyes’ offensive fortunes.

In his first public comments with hosts Kyle Allen and Jordan Palmer on The Room, the Reno, Nevada native shared his optimism about joining Iowa and what the Hawkeyes are getting.

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“Iowa will get a quarterback who will do everything I can to make sure they win a championship. Everything I do, every minute of work, every rep, is for that goal and that goal only. Now, whether I’m doing everything I can to create a winning culture, using what I’ve learned in Michigan and the rest of my career, to really put us on a projection, to really win. I think Iowa has enough plays right now to win a Big Ten championship next year and I’m going to make sure I’m doing everything in my power to make sure we do that,” McNamara said.

These high expectations should delight Hawkeye fans. McNamara brings that kind of pedigree to Iowa City, and he’s serious about leading Iowa to such heights.

McNamara’s move to the Hawkeyes has earned pundits’ praise for what he has already accomplished in Michigan college football. Rivals is the latest to celebrate the decision.

In his ranking of the 10 Big Ten transfers that will have the most impact in 2023, McNamara ranked third after Iowa.

A big boost for Iowa as it tries to create a big spark for its offense next season. McNamara helped lead Michigan to a 12-2 record, a Big Ten title and a playoff berth in the 2021 season. He will have two seasons left after rushing for 3,181 yards with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions during his time with the Wolverines. – Sean Williams, Rivals.

Iowa needs McNamara to make the worst difference in the most important position of the game. Iowa is still teetering on a two-year streak that included the country’s 99th goal offense and 121st overall offense in 2021, as well as the country’s 123rd goal offense and 130th overall offense in 2022.

It feels like a foregone conclusion that McNamara will improve the Hawkeyes’ offense, but by how much? 247Sports also ranked their top 25 Big Ten transfers for 2023, and McNamara actually topped that list.

Here’s a look at the remaining top 10 transfers from Rivals’ Big Ten for 2023.

No. 10 and 9

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#10 – Luke Altmyer, QB, Illinois

#9 – Ernest Hausman, LB, Michigan

No. 8 and 7

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#8 – Hudson card, QB, Purdue

#7 – Ladarius Henderson, OL, Michigan

No. 6 and 5


#6 – Ja’Had Carter, DB, Ohio State

#5 – Dante Cephas, WR, Penn State

No. 4 and 3

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number 4 – Ben Scott, OL, Nebraska

#3 – Cade McNamara, QB, Iowa