Cade McNamara is the reigning Big Ten Championship quarterback in the Big Ten Conference, the QB who started for the Wolverines in week one against the Colorado State Rams and a seasoned veteran who worked his way up from the bench to start for Jim Harbaugh’s team.
McNamara was solid if unspectacular in leading Michigan to a victory against the Rams, prior to J.J. McCarthy’s start last week against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.
In week three, McCarthy got the nod as the starting quarterback, earning the job on “merit” according to Harbaugh, and turned in an incredible performance, throwing for 214 yards of 15-for-18 passing on the day.
Meanwhile, McNamara saw more game action, completing a pass for 18 yards.
But it was what happened in the stands that garnered much of the attention for McNamara, as he received a standing ovation a week after some boos were heard at Michigan Stadium for the third-year signal caller from Reno, Nevada.
Clayton Sayfie, a staff writer and social media professional for TheWolverineOn3.com, posted the video below of the exciting moment.
It sounded louder on the in-game broadcast, but the video below is an indication of what happened during Saturday afternoon’s game.
Cade McNamara gets a huge ovation from the Michigan faithful before his first snap pic.twitter.com/YvizDmvhkC
— Clayton Sayfie (@CSayf23) September 17, 2022
McNamara was named the captain of the Wolverines prior to the 2022 season, along with four others including defensive back Mike Sainristil, defensive tackle Mazi Smith and others.
His leadership skills have been on full display since his time in Ann Arbor, as shown in the video below (language not safe for work)
In honor of my family Cade McNamara being named captain pic.twitter.com/NSXMkSGrLX
— Josh Augdahl 〽️ (@UMFanAugdahl) August 25, 2022
Unfortunately for McNamara, he is expected to miss a few weeks according to Harbaugh, as he got his foot caught in the ground and was hit in the leg.
“Cade, unfortunately, he had his foot was caught in the ground and was hit on the side of the leg,” Harbaugh said to Michigan.Rivals.com. “Probably going to be out for a few weeks. Not going to be a season-ending thing, I don’t think. He’ll miss some time.
Offensive lineman Trevor Keegan appeared to have a relatively minor injury as well.
Donovan Edwards, the former five-star running back, sat out the game and Harbaugh is not 100% sure when he will be back.
“Donovan we’ll see,” Harbaugh said. “Whether his status will be questionable or probable for next week, I’d call it questionable. He’s doing good. He’s feeling better.”
In the meantime, Michigan fans are doing their best to appreciate the Big Ten winning signal caller as he prepares for his recovery and eventual return.
well deserved ovation for Cade McNamara https://t.co/9OGjt7qbDg
— stusandler (@stusandler) September 17, 2022
I will always LOVE Cade McNamara…ALWAYS#GOBlue
— Heart of the Lions (@Heart_D_Lions) September 17, 2022