|File photo. BGSU's Matt Schilz. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Veteran Matt Schilz has edged out Matt Johnson for the starting quarterback spot in Bowling Green State University’s football opener.
The Falcons host Tulsa Aug. 29 with kickoff at 7 p.m. in Perry Stadium.
‘‘Matt earned the job. He had a really good camp,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said Tuesday morning. ‘‘We feel really good about Matt Johnson, too.
‘‘We hope Matt Schilz has an unbelievable senior year, and plays really well,’’ Clawson continued. ‘‘It’s also good for us to know that we have another quarterback who is playing at a real high level.’’
The two have battled through fall camp, including two scrimmages, and both played well.
‘‘Matt Schilz had the best camp since he’s been here. Matt Johnson had the second-best camp of any quarterback we’ve had here since Tyler Sheehan (in 2009),’’ Clawson said. ‘‘Right now, we have two quarterbacks playing at a higher level than we had a quarterback play at any point last year.’’
Clawson said there were three areas in which Schilz stood out in the fall drills — better pocket management than in previous years, making plays by running, and overall management of the passing game.
It was a difficult decision, Clawson said, as Johnson had a strong week of practice last week, and performed well in Sunday’s scrimmage.
‘‘To me, it was the total body of work in the three weeks of camp,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘Matt Schilz had a little bit of an edge, but it was not an easy decision.’’
Schilz, a fifth-year senior, has started 35 games at BG, including the last 32.
He has completed 702-of-1,202 passes in his career. He ranks third in BGSU history with 7,832 career passing yards, and third with 702 completions. His 50 career touchdown passes are the fifth-most in BG history.
Johnson, a redshirt sophomore, saw limited action in eight games last season and completed 10-of-28 passes for 119 yards and one touchdown.
The position will be fluid during the season.
‘‘You always have to keep positions competitive,’’ Clawson said.
Clawson also said redshirt freshman James Knapke had a strong camp and is entrenched as the No. 3 quarterback.
‘‘As our No. 3, he had a better camp than any No. 2 quarterback that we’ve had since we’ve been here,’’ Clawson said.
Clawson added that other than Sheehan’s final year in 2009, this is the strongest overall quarterback play of any fall camp.
Schilz and Johnson will be available to speak with the media later this week.