Cade McNamara ‘questionable,’ Jermari Harris listed as ‘out’ in initial availability report

With the 2023 college football season set to boot off from Kinnick Stadium this morning, the Iowa Hawkeyes released their first availability report in accordance with the new Big Ten rules.

Iowa starting quarterback Cade McNamara is officially listed as “questionable.” The 6-foot-1, 205 pound quarterback has been working his way back from a non-contact injury that he sustained in Kids’ Day at Kinnick.

On multiple occasions leading up to today’s season opener versus Utah State, Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz has been optimistic about his star quarterback’s chances to play. On his radio show “Hawk Talk” with Hawkeye play-by-play voice Gary Dolphin, Ferentz again indicated that he was anticipating McNamara playing.

“We’ll take it right up to game time, but we’re expecting him to go,” Ferentz said. “Based on what I’ve seen the last two days, I’m optimistic.”

Of course, Noah Shannon is currently suspended by the NCAA for the entirety of the 2023 season due to his involvement with sports gambling. Shannon is appealing the ruling from the NCAA. The Hawkeyes listed Shannon as “out” on its initial availability report.

Starting cornerback Jermari Harris is also listed as “out.” Fellow defensive back Jamison Heinz is “out” as well. Backup right guard Beau Stephens is the other key name on the depth chart that’s listed as “out.”

Defensive lineman Chris Reames and wide receivers Jacob Bostick and Reese Osgood are all listed as “out.” Finally, linebacker Jayden Montgomery is also “questionable.”

The Hawkeyes kick off the 2023 season at 11 a.m. versus Utah State on FS1 from inside Kinnick Stadium.

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