Bowling Green named senior Matt Schilz as its starting quarterback for the Falcons' season opener against Tulsa at Doyt Perry Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 29, meaning sophomore Matt Johnson will serve as the back-up for that contest.
Here are a few thoughts about that decision ...
- While some considered it a foregone conclusion that Schilz would win the job, that doesn't seem to be the case. When you are comparing a senior who is a three-year starter to a sophomore who has never started a game, it seems obvious that the senior would hold the advantage -- especially on a team that has aspirations for a Mid-American Conference title and a bowl game.
But if there's one thing that this year's camp has taught us, it's this: There is so much competition in BG's football camp, NOTHING is guaranteed. The competition is good at nearly every position, which means starters in past years don't necessarily start this year. The competition has raised the level of performance at nearly every position, and that includes quarterback.
This quarterback situation also harkens to a lesson learned from last season: Good players will get on the field. Take the running back situation from a year ago, where John Pettigrew was playing at such a high level, he went from afterthought early in the season to arguably the team's best running back by season's end. And played a LOT.
- That leads me to a second thought: Any chance the Falcons will use a two-quarterback system? As I write this, I believe the answer is No. There are two reasons, one being that the general consensus is the quarterback situation needs to be handled by one person, if possible. The old saying, "If you have two starting quarterbacks, you don't have one" holds true more often than not.
The second reason is that, in situations where two quarterbacks share the starter's position, there is a huge difference in the two players. I've always thought Ohio State's 1997 platoon of Stanley Jackson and Joe Germaine was so effective because the two were extremely different, with Jackson running an option-type offense while Germaine was a drop-back passer. To my eyes, there isn't as big a difference between Schilz and Johnson in terms of style.
- My guess is that there will be some wailing and gnashing of teeth about this decision. After completing nearly 60 percent of his passes while throwing for more than 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns as a sophomores, Schilz saw his numbers fall back to 55 percent, roughly 2,500 yards and 14 TDs last season.
For those who think he will continue to struggle this year, I disagree. Matt Schilz will either return to the levels of his sophomore season ... or he will be replaced by Matt Johnson.
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