NORMAN — Quarterback Landry Jones has taken plenty of grief from his Oklahoma teammates about his mustache. Tight end Brody Eldridge calls him "Doc Holliday.”
Quarterback Sam Bradford jabs that "it’s not very manly.” "We tease him about the mustache all the time,” offensive tackle Trent Williams said. "I’m predicting before the year is over he’ll shave that thing off.” Since replacing an injured Bradford in the lineup in the second half against Brigham Young, Jones and his ’stache have reached celebrity status. "After the first game, people were calling and texting me from back home in North Carolina saying, ‘What’s up with your QB’s mustache?’ ” said guard Brian Simmons. "People in my class, tutors in study hall, everyone has been asking me about it.” Students came to Saturday’s game sporting fake mustaches and T-shirts that said, "Fear the Stache” and "Mustache Mafia.” OU football operations coordinator Matt McMillen and video director Brian Martin have begun growing mustaches to show solidarity with Jones. "I’m excited about that,” Jones said. "I’m going to try and get the stachers organized.” Most of the feedback, however, has not been positive. From national sports talk radio show hosts all the way down to his teammates. "A lot of people give me a hard time,” Jones said. "Say it looks awful. Tell me I need to shave it.” But the American Mustache Institute wants Jones to know he’s not alone.