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Iowa adds McNamara from transfer portal, loses multiple offensive players

The Iowa football program added quarterback Cade McNamara from the transfer portal on Thursday. Iowa also lost five players to the portal, including Arland Bruce IV.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Editor's note: The video above aired on Nov. 29.

The Iowa football program added a key player from the transfer portal on Friday, while also losing five offensive weapons throughout the week.

McNamara commits to Iowa

Iowa nabbed an early win in the transfer portal on Thursday, when former Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara announced his commitment to the Hawkeyes.

McNamara appeared in 20 games for the Wolverines from 2020 to 2022, completing 63.1% of his 423 passes. He threw 21 touchdowns to just seven interceptions during that time.

McNamara led the Wolverines to their first win over Ohio State in over a decade and started in the program's first college football playoff match in last year's semifinal loss to eventual champion, Georgia.

After two seasons of offensive struggles, signing McNamara could be Iowa's first step towards rewriting the narrative surrounding their offense.

Gavin Williams enters transfer portal

On Friday afternoon, running back Gavin Williams announced that he was entering the transfer portal. 

After a 2021 campaign in which Williams emerged as a top running back option, he saw his production dip in 2022. Entering this season at the top of the depth chart, injuries and the emergence of true freshman Kaleb Johnson saw Williams' impact decrease as the season progressed. 

Williams was a highly touted three-star prospect out of Dowling Catholic in the 2020 class. He was rated the 519th overall prospect and the fourth overall prospect in the state of Iowa in his class, according to 247 Sports.

In three seasons, Williams recorded 471 yards on 116 carries.

Arland Bruce IV enters transfer portal

True sophomore star wide receiver Arland Bruce IV announced on Friday morning that he is entering the transfer portal.

Bruce IV emerged as a key offensive playmaker in his 2021 freshman campaign, racking up 278 total yards and four touchdowns.

Expected to be the primary receiving target in 2022, a nagging injury paired with offensive struggles prevented Bruce IV from finding a larger role in 2022, as he compiled just 234 total yards and two touchdowns. 

A four-star prospect, Bruce IV was rated the 324th highest-rated recruit in the class of 2021, according to 247 Sports.

Keagan Johnson enters transfer portal

Star wide receiver Keagan Johnson announced on Thursday that he is entering the transfer portal. 

Johnson was slated to be Iowa's top receiver for the 2022 season after a breakout 2021 campaign, but injuries sidelined him for almost the entire season.

Johnson was a key commitment in the 2021 class. He was rated a four-star prospect by 247 Sports, and the 354th overall prospect in the class.

Johnson recorded 363 yards on 20 career receptions and two touchdowns for the Hawkeyes.

Johnson's father, Clester Johnson, won two national championships as a wide receiver for Nebraska from 1991 to 1996. With familial ties to the program, Nebraska will likely seek out Johnson's services.

Josh Volk enters transfer portal

On Tuesday, redshirt sophomore interior offensive lineman Josh Volk announced that he is entering the transfer portal.

Volk came to Iowa as a highly touted three-star recruit out of Cedar Rapids Xavier High School. He was rated the 571st overall recruit and Iowa's 5th highest-rated player in the 2020 class, according to 247 Sports. 

Volk sparingly saw action in three years at Iowa, battling injuries and a logjam of offensive linemen ahead of him on the depth chart. He enters the transfer portal with three years of eligibility remaining.

Alex Padilla enters transfer portal

On Tuesday morning, redshirt junior quarterback Alex Padilla announced that he'd be entering the transfer portal after four years spent at Iowa.

As the backup to quarterback Spencer Petras for three consecutive seasons, Padilla saw action in 11 games, starting four games during the 2021 season. He completed 49% of his 157 career pass attempts.

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