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'Gritty, confident' Cade McNamara makes his case to be Michigan's starting QB

Redshirt freshman Cade McNamara sparked the Michigan offense from the moment he entered the game in the second quarter — leading the Wolverines on a three-play, 63-yard touchdown drive — all the way to overtime.

After starter Joe Milton faltered early on, completing just 5 of his first 12 pass attempts and failing to lead Michigan into the end zone, the decision was made to switch to McNamara, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Reno, Nev., native.

Trust in his teammates — he thanked Michigan’s offensive line for the protection — and his coaches, who elected to start Milton after they opened the position up in practice this week.

So out of sorts, in fact, Milton was pulled from the game against the Badgers for McNamara, who proceeded to help march Michigan to its only touchdown.

After Michigan pulled within 3 points on a 95-yard kickoff return by Giles Jackson, Rutgers and quarterback Noah Vedral responded with their own touchdown drive to extend the Scarlet Knights’ lead.

He followed that up early in the fourth quarter with a 71-yard touchdown drive that included a short screen pass to running back Chris Evans, who went for 21 yards, hit Ronnie Bell on a 10-yard slant for a first down, and capped the drive with a six-yard throw to Mike Sainristil in the end zone.

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