Redshirt sophomore Cade McNamara will be Michigan's starting quarterback when the Wolverines open their season Saturday against Western Michigan, coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday.

The news was no surprise, as McNamara was the Wolverines' No. 1 quarterback coming out of spring practice and kept a firm grip on the job during preseason camp. His experience and familiarity with Michigan's offense separated him from the other contenders, five-star freshman J.J. McCarthy and Texas Tech transfer Alan Bowman.

“Cade McNamara is our starting quarterback," coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday. "He’s ratcheted it up in a lot of different areas. The biggest one is consistency.”

McNamara, the No. 268 prospect in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports Composite, replaced Joe Milton as Michigan's starter in the Wolverines' final game of 2020 after leading a comeback victory against Rutgers.