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Glenn Guilbeau / GANNETT LOUISIANA

BATON ROUGE An LSU quarterback in Tiger Stadium needs to be cool and collected, but not freezing.

For that reason, it may be a good thing that true freshman LSU quarterback Brandon Harris' first game at LSU will be in NRG (formerly Reliant) Stadium in Houston on Aug. 30 against Wisconsin and not at Tiger Stadium.

'Oh my God, I wake up every morning thinking about Tiger Stadium,' Harris said at LSU's Media Day on Sunday. 'I dream about it every single day. It seems like every time I walk in that stadium I get chills. I don't know if it's the same for everybody else around here, but whether it's having a crowd out there or when I was here for a recruiting trip, I just get chills. I mean it's unbelievable.'

A year ago at this time, Harris was preparing for his senior season at Parkway High in Bossier City. He graduated early, enrolled at LSU last January and went through spring practice. His performance in the spring game evened up the competition at quarterback between him and sophomore Anthony Jennings.

'It's just amazing when I look where I am now compared to where I was when I first got here,' he said.

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has said both will likely play in the early part of the season and perhaps beyond.

'Sometimes, if it's cut and dry, you name a permanent starter,' Cameron said Sunday. 'If it's not cut and dry, you're going to need both guys. That's where we are. It's a long season. Sometimes you just can't quantify it until you get in the games.'

In the meantime, the competition will continue as the second week of practice starts Monday.

'Every day, each quarterback is trying to get better,' Jennings said. 'All we have to do is try to get better every day, and the whole competition will play out.'

Harris will have to wait until Sept. 6 for his Tiger Stadium debut against Sam Houston State.

Harris tweeted out a picture a friend took of him last July gazing up with arms outstretched on the field in Tiger Stadium: http://www.tigerdroppings.com/rant/p/51109538/Cool-picture-of-Brandon-Harris-in-TS-SEZ-looks-awesome.aspx

'I know it's just not going to be me,' Harris said. 'It's going to be a total team effort. But to get opportunities to just even play in front of that crowd, it's unbelievable.'

All chills and breathlessness of the newly renovated Tiger Stadium aside, Harris also says he is ready to be LSU's composed quarterback.

'If that's me, I feel like I'm prepared and ready to play,' he said. 'And if it's Anthony, I know he'll be prepared and ready to play. And whoever they put out there, I know we're going to win.'

Harris does not spend all of his time in Tiger Stadium either in his dreams or in real life. He has been in the film room and in sessions with Cameron.

'I think I know it all,' he said when asked about his knowledge of the offense. 'I mean, I really do. I've gotten more familiar with the checks and doing things at the line of scrimmage. I think I've mastered or gotten the vast majority of it in.'

Harris feels he is no longer a green freshman.

'Me and Cam joke about it all the time,' he said. 'I used to tell him I couldn't imagine if I came this summer and not last spring. I made freshmen mistakes. I'd do something crazy in the spring. And now in the summer, it's all clicking. I'm not making those same mistakes. But I'm not perfect at all.'

With an experienced, talented and deep offensive line along with freshman Leonard Fournette, the No. 1 prep tailback in the nation, and senior tailback Terrence Magee, LSU coach Les Miles will not be asking either quarterback to be even close to perfect.

'If we can get the quarterbacks to facilitate and function, we're going to be good,' Miles said.

Asked when he will have a permanent starter, Miles said, 'When one separates himself from the other. We're not there.'

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