Cade McNamara has had a tumultuous year, leaving Michigan to find a new home in Iowa City with Iowa.

Until now, the QB has remained mum on the details surrounding his transfer, and exactly why he left Ann Arbor for other opportunities. McNamara led the Wolverines to a 12-2 season and B1G title in 2021, as well as handing rival Ohio State.

Speaking about his decision to move on ‘The Room’ podcast, McNamara discussed being in a QB competition with J.J. McCarthy earlier this season.

“So then the day after I get voted captain, Coach Harbaugh said to the team that Michigan has two quarterbacks, I’ll get the first game and JJ has the second game. First game I play pretty decent. Then JJ goes in against Hawaii and plays really well I will say that. Then Harbaugh decided after the game that JJ was gonna be the starter.”

Looking back on losing the starting position and the subsequent transfer, McNamara says it’s been both positive and negative, as has his college experience as a whole so far.

“It’s probably, definitely been my highest high and lowest low within a 12-month period,” said McNamara. “I thought a low was a redshirt freshman year and then here I am with a completely new perspective.”

After successful MCL surgery last month, McNamara is expected to join the Hawkeyes next season under center.