Commentary: Ranking the best mustaches in BYU football history

Published: Tuesday, July 23 2013 12:22 p.m. MDT

Editor's note: The introduction to this list was written by Landon Hemsley, and the list itself was created by Ryan Forsgren of Boise.

The BYU Honor Code requires students to adhere to dress and grooming standards consistent with the values adopted by the university and its owning institution, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Among those values are honesty, chastity, virtue, obedience and cleanliness in body, mind and appearance.

Cleanliness in appearance is the subject of this piece.

Quoting directly from BYU's Honor Code, "Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles or colors, and trimmed above the collar, leaving the ear uncovered. Sideburns should not extend below the earlobe or onto the cheek. If worn, moustaches should be neatly trimmed and may not extend beyond or below the corners of the mouth. Men are expected to be clean-shaven; beards are not acceptable."

While students at BYU are clearly prohibited from growing a beard, there's nothing forbidding a classy mustache.

Ryan Forsgren of Boise went back through BYU football history and found the greatest mustaches of all time. Though not many current Cougars sport a ’stache, over the years, there have really been some good ones.

Landon Hemsley is the sports web producer for DeseretNews.com. Email: lhemsley@deseretnews.com. Twitter.com/EarlOfHemsley — Ryan Forsgren, who contributed this list, is from Boise.

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San Diego, CA

Funny. Well done. Loved the comments.


Landon, you're clearly omitting Fred Whittingham. His mustache alone was great enough to get him into NFL coaching, and then to the U.

Enid, OK

Tom Holmoe's 'stache at #3 is to be commended for exactly what the author says: it's blonde and it actually shows up fairly well.

A blonde mustache is no easy feat to pull off.

I know. I've tried on and off for years and it wasn't until I was in my 40's that it really ever got thick enough to be seen from more than 10 feet away....


Chris Degn
Salt Lake City, UT

BYU should get Jeremy from the BYUtv program, "Studio C" to play on their team. He has an awesome bushy 'stache.


"When white guys try it, they always look like the villain in a silent movie."

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