Michigan starts junior Cade McNamara as quarterback for Saturday’s season opener against Western Michigan, coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday.
Harbaugh labeled McNamara the Wolverines’ starter before the preseason camp opened, and the junior has only strengthened his position in the past month. McNamara played in four games last season and started one, passing 425 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.
Freshman JJ McCarthy, Texas Tech transfer Alan Bowman and sophomore Dan Villari had all battled McNamara during camp.
“Constant improvement, he’s really improved it in a lot of different areas,” Harbaugh said. “The biggest is the consistency in doing its job. Also call it a talent for really making everyone around you better.”
The 6-foot-1, 212-pound McNamara, a native of Reno, Nevada, did not play in 2019. Joe Milton III, who was named Tennessee’s starting quarterback on Monday, started the 2020 season for Michigan.
Harbaugh also said Monday that Michigan is “99% vaccinated” against COVID-19 going into the season.