In recent years, BYU has introduced several new uniform combinations. Last season, the Cougars debuted navy and royal blue helmets, which added more consistent combinations as games played into the season. In all, BYU has worn 18 uniform combinations since gaining independence.
In an annual offseason tradition here at Cougs dailywe asked BYU 2023 targets to rank their favorite uniform combinations. Below are the results of this year’s survey.
The Top 5
1. Power failure
The blackout uniform was the most popular choice in this year’s poll. The Cougars last wore the blackout combination against San Diego State in 2020. 68% of recruits surveyed voted this jersey one of their top three jerseys.
“All back is too clean,” said four-star wide receiver Malachi Riley. “You can never go wrong with black in a game that’s designed to get you dirty,” added Mateaki Helu, signed from Utah. Mateaki is the younger brother of 2020 BYU signee Nukuluve Helu.
2. Everything royal
BYU debuted the all-royal combination against Arizona in the 2021 season opener. That combination placed second, according to BYU’s 2023 recruits. 63% of recruits surveyed chose this combination among their top 3.
As for why the all-royal blue combo is his favorite four-star tight-end, Walker Lyons said, “Because it really pops on camera.”
3. Royal Oreo
Against USC, BYU debuted the Royal Oreo combination in their 35-31 win over the Trojans. This combination placed third in this year’s survey.
“Pretty classy and I love the royal helm,” said four-star edge rusher Hunter Clegg.
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4. Naval Sitake
In fourth place, the first Navy combination: the Navy Sitake. This combination was not included in the 2021 rotation. The “Navy Sitake” is based on the Cougars’ away jerseys from 2000-2003.
5. Classic royalty
The classic BYU home jersey took fifth place in this year’s poll. “I think it’s very clean overall and the helmets make it 10 times better for me,” said four-star defenseman and BYU conscript Emmanuel Waller.
Here are three combinations that just missed out on the top 5, in this order:
1. All Navy
2. Midnight Virgil
3. Classic king away game
- Excluding the votes cast for the blackout uniforms, 61% of the votes were cast for royal combinations
- 82% of the uniform combinations received at least one vote
- Monochrome uniform combinations received 56% of the total votes