After months of anticipation along with high expectations, Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara played efficiently and effectively in a 47-14 win over Western Michigan.
McNamara went 9-for-11 for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns.
McNamara’s performance earned him the highest grade for a Power Five quarterback by Pro Football Focus.
Highest-graded Power Five QBs in Week 1:— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 5, 2021
1. Cade McNamara, Michigan - 93.0
2. Adrian Martinez, Nebraska - 92.3
3. Will Levis, Kentucky - 92.0
4. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh - 91.2
5. Bo Nix, Auburn - 90.1 pic.twitter.com/eeOKvTI1lq
“Cade McNamara, I thought he played very efficient,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said after the game. “Seeing the field well, making the right throws, all the right decisions. He moves our team. All the (career) drives he’s been in, he’s about 66%, we score points when he’s out there. 14 of 21.”
McNamara wasn’t the only player who received recognition from Pro Football Focus — center Andrew Vastardis and defensive end Aidan Hutchinson both made PFF’s Team of the Week.
Collectively, PFF rated Michigan No. 7 (90.1 grade) and the No. 2 Power Five school. Michigan’s offense ranked at No. 6 (87.9) while their rushing attack was No. 2 (93.4 grade) and passing game was No. 7 (90.8).
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