J.J. McCarthy and Cade McNamara are no longer together at Michigan as the Wolverines prepare for their Dec. 31 matchup at 4 p.m. with the TCU Horned Frogs and McNamara prepares for life with the Iowa Hawkeyes, but the two will remain forever linked.
McNamara and McCarthy entered the year in a quarterback competition that ended with McCarthy wresting the job away from the Wolverines 2021-2022 starter, after a 56-10 victory over Hawaii in which McCarthy threw for 229 yards and three touchdowns on 11-of-12 passing.
On December 9, a video of McCarthy was posted at a press conference fielding questions on life as Michigan’s QB in the film room and on the practice field without McNamara who is currently preparing for life as Iowa’s newest QB transfer.
According to McCarthy, Michigan representatives have continued to stay in touch with McNamara as his rehab from a “serious knee injury” has continued.
McNamara has also checked in with the Wolverines, although he remains outside of the Great Lakes State during his rehab and is not an active member of the team.
McCarthy finished his 2022 season with a 13-0 record. He completed 188-of-288 passes on the regular season (including the Big Ten championship game), good for a 65.3% completion percentage, accounting for 2,376 yards, 20 touchdowns, and three interceptions.
The La Grange Park, Illinois native also ran for 254 yards and four touchdowns on the season on 60 attempts, for an average of 4.2 yards per carry.
In contrast, McNamara finished his lone full-time season as a starter with a 12-1 record, his lone loss coming to the Michigan State Spartans on the road.
McNamara completed 210 passes for 327 yards on the season, good for a 64.2% completion percentage, accounting for 2,576 yards, 15 touchdowns, and six interceptions. he ran 27 times for 30 yards on the season.
Watch as McCarthy addresses the situation in the video below: