Name: Cade McNamara
Weight: 202 lbs.
High school: Reno (NV) Damonte Ranch
Jersey number: #12
Last year: McNamara was a senior in high school (LINK). He threw for 2,995 yards, 39 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions.
TTB Rating: 65
McNamara is the State of Nevada’s all-time leading passer with 12,804 passing yards and 146 passing touchdowns. He threw for over 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns as a freshman. Of course, he did play his high school football in Reno, Nevada, which is not exactly a football hotbed. The numbers are still impressive, though.
What appears to set McNamara apart from other players is his ability to improvise, make throws on the run, and change his arm angle. He claims a 4.81 forty, but his speed does not stand out, and his arm strength is just so-so. In some ways he has a similar game to Shea Patterson, but Patterson is a notch above in every category. You may notice that I gave McNamara a TTB Rating of 65, which is the first time I have rated him. I do not think he will reach a point at Michigan where he’s looked at as a top-notch starter.
Specifically for this season, McNamara should not be needed. Patterson has one more year of eligibility, and even with the departure of Brandon Peters, it would take injuries to Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton before McNamara would see the field. It’s rare that a fourth quarterback is needed, so I expect a redshirt.