Breaking down the top three newcomers for the Iowa football team heading into the 2023 season for the Hawkeyes.
Fresh off an 8-5 season, Iowa football is looking for more in 2023 after the Hawkeyes were denied a return trip to the Big Ten championship game by Nebraska.
The Huskers appear to be poised for a turnaround under Matt Rhule, but Nebraska was a three-win team when it denied Iowa the Big Ten West title.
That doesn’t mean Iowa football could have beaten Michigan. The Wolverines beat Iowa in the 2021 Big Ten title game and won in Iowa City this past season, in large part due to the poor play of the Iowa offense.
Iowa allowed just 270 yards on defense and just 12 points per game, which was second in all of college football. Yet, the Hawkeyes didn’t even win their division.
The Hawkeyes need to improve their offense and the quarterback position is key to that, which is where we begin with impact newcomers for Iowa football in 2023.
QB Cade McNamara
Cade McNamara isn’t super flashy but for his career, he has completed 63.1 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions. He was Third-Team All-Big Ten in 2021 when Michigan won the Big Ten championship.
McNamara will take care of the ball and if he can revert to the form of his 2021 season before he got injured, he should be a major upgrade. The Hawkeyes don’t even need an elite offense. They need an offense that functions and can take advantage of one of the best defenses in college football.
Cade McNamara can do just that.