Kirk Ferentz was just as excited as many Iowa fans were when the news about Cade McNamara’s transfer broke. Ferentz talked about what having McNamara around has been like at Lucas Oil Stadium on Wednesday.

McNamara opted to transfer to Iowa this offseason after spending the first few years of his college career at Michigan. McNamara had 3,181 yards passing with 21 touchdowns and 7 interceptions as a Wolverine.

He led the Wolverines to a B1G Championship win and an appearance in the College Football Playoff in 2021.

Ferentz noted how excited he is to coach the Michigan transfer.

“Outstanding… we are thrilled he’s with us,” said Ferentz. “As excited I was in December, I’m way more excited now because I’ve seen the impact he’s had on us.”

Iowa fans will be hoping that McNamara can change the offensive struggles the Hawkeyes have faced in recent years. Last season, the Iowa offense averaged 251.6 total yards which ranked last in the B1G.

The team also struggled with scoring, as Iowa’s offense averaged 14.4 points per game. The Hawkeyes ranked 12th in the conference in that stat.

If McNamara can lead Iowa to the B1G Championship in 2023 it would go a long way. It would be impressive if he can do it in his first season with the team.