Cade McNamara’s 2023 season has reportedly come to an early end.

The Iowa quarterback had to be helped off the field in the Week 5 Michigan State game after suffering a non-contact injury. David Eickholt of 247Sports reported Monday that McNamara sustained a left knee injury that is expected to keep him out for the remainder of the Hawkeyes’ 2023 campaign.

A Michigan transfer, McNamara is in Year 4 of his college football career and first season at Iowa. In 5 games, McNamara is 46-of-90 passing for 505 yards, 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Unfortunately, this isn’t McNamara’s first rodeo with the injury bug.


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McNamara missed most of the 2022 season with the Wolverines after suffering a leg injury. He transferred to Iowa and was limited in the team’s spring practice.

Before the 2023 season, McNamara went down with a non-contact quad injury during an August fall camp practice. The QB’s recovery from the injury continued into the season.

After McNamara’s exit, Deacon Hill stepped in for the Hawkeyes. Hill was 11-of-27 passing for 115 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception in securing Iowa’s 26-16 win over Michigan State.

Iowa enters Week 6 with a 4-1 record. The Hawkeyes host a Purdue team that is 2-3 in Ryan Walters’ first season as the head coach of the Boilermakers. Kickoff from Kinnick Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m. ET, with the game streaming on Peacock.