Iowa's McNamara out for season due to torn ACL
Iowa quarterback Cade McNamara will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in Saturday's 26-16 win over Michigan State, head coach Kirk Ferentz announced Tuesday, according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.
McNamara sustained the non-contact injury early versus the Spartans after landing awkwardly on his left knee while scrambling. He was helped off the field before exiting the game on a cart. He attempted just five passes before going down.
The senior signal-caller headlined Iowa's 2023 transfer class after joining from Michigan. He completed 51.1% of his pass attempts for 505 yards and four touchdowns against three interceptions this season.
Sophomore Deacon Hill replaced McNamara and tossed for 115 yards and a score. He'll likely be the Hawkeyes' starter.
Hill will be in charge of a team that needs to average 25 points per game and win seven contests for Kirk's son, offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz, to keep his job when his contract ends next summer. The offense needs a total of 325 points for the 12-game campaign and the bowl matchup.
The 4-1 Hawkeyes, who visit Purdue on Saturday, are averaging 22.2 points per contest so far this season.
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