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JMU's defense has been spearheaded by a young duo of linebackers, but a third, redshirt senior Mateo Jackson, has played a vital role in their development, so much so that redshirt sophomore Taurus Jones called Jackson an "unsung hero." Sports Editor Grant Johnson details Jackson's crucialness to the 2022 Dukes.

JMU is launching a sportsmanship campaign called Dukes Do Better in light of the school's move to the Sun Belt Conference, more exposure as a national brand and past fan complaints at JMU sporting events. Sports editor Grant Johnson attended JMU's mandated Sun Belt sporting behavior and ethical conduct meeting Aug. 24 to document how administration will disseminate the campaign to students and fans. 


JMU's FBS jump opens up new revenue streams, but also more expenses related to travel and coaches' salaries. Sports editor Grant Johnson lays out how JMU's finances specific to its move will look in the next seven years. 


There have been six student-athlete suicides since the beginning of March. After the death of JMU softball player Lauren Bernett on April 25, The Breeze wanted to shine a light on the stress, expectations and pressure student-athletes face. In the words of Lindsey Kilpatrick ('22), former UMass Lowell field hockey player, "they're suffering in silence."