Matt Leinart believes it's Cade McNamara's time to shine as Michigan QB
For Michigan, picking up their second win of the season last weekend against Rutgers is at least a start in the right direction.
The Wolverines enter Saturday’s game with Penn State with a 2-3 record and at least some momentum, but they did take three overtimes to get past Rutgers – yes, Rutgers.
While everyone in college football has been talking about Jim Harbuagh, and his job status at Michigan, some of the talk has shifted to the status of the Wolverines signal caller.
Joe Milton has been taking the snaps as the Michigan starter all season, but backup Cade McNamara replaced Milton during the game with the Scarlet Knights and gave the offense a spark that eventually finished with a mark in the win column.
While Harbaugh hasn’t officially announced it, McNamara is expected to start against the Nittany Lions.
During Friday afternoon’s halftime show of the Iowa-Nebraska game, college football analyst Matt Leinart explained why he feels McNamara should be behind center for Michigan moving forward.
“I feel like we were just talking about this Week 1 with Joe Milton and, obviously, he just hasn’t performed very well,” Leinart said. “Cade McNamara, guys, came into that game — they were down 17 to nothing with four minutes left in the second quarter — they ended up winning in triple overtime and I thought he played great. No turnovers and just the balance and the way that the offense flowed and moved the football, he made some big-time throws. They were aggressive. I love the fact that they didn’t dink and dunk. They were aggressive down the field.
“He understood situations when defenses were coming after him, getting the ball out quick. Down in the red zone, he was efficient. Look at it — five total touchdowns. He had a touchdown run in the second overtime we’re going to see right here. Look, they needed a spark. They needed a lift on that offense. Joe Milton has a lot of talent. We know that. But Cade came in and things just moved effortlessly, and that’s what they need moving forward if they want to start stacking some wins.”
— 247Sports (@247Sports) November 28, 2020
Michigan and Penn State will kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 11:00AM in Ann Arbor.