The Next Step
These Dukes excelled at JMU and continued to represent the purple and gold at the next level. Submit others to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linton Townes was a 1982 NBA Draft pick of the Portland Trailblazers in the second round
Steve Hood was a 1991 second-round pick of the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Draft.
Rich Thompson made his Major League Debut in 2004 with Kansas City without a hit in his only at bat. He persevered in the Minor Leagues all the way to 2012, when he was traded from Triple-A Lehigh Valley (Phillies) to Tampa and collected his first career hit, an RBI single. (photo Skip Milos, Tampa Bay Rays)
Mark Carnevale ('82) turned pro in 1983 and played on the PGA Tour. He is the only JMU golfer to win a PGA Tour event, the Chattanooga Classic in 1992. He also won the NIKE Inland Empire Open on the Nationwide Tour. His best finish in a major came with a 25th-place showing in the 1998 U.S. Open. He was inducted into the JMU Hall of Fame in 1999 and currently works in radio for the PGA Tour.
Faber Jamerson ('99) is the three-time SunTrust Virginia State Open champion. In 2011, he finished second after a playoff in the PGA Professional National Championship, earning a spot in the PGA Championship and on the U.S. Team for the PGA Cup.
Christina "Corky" Julien ('10) has 48 international soccer appearances for Team Canada since joining in 2009. She started on the gold-medal team in the 2011 Pan American Games and played in the 2011 World Cup. Corkey was an All-American at JMU and 2008 CAA Player of the Year with 44 career goals, including 19 game winners.
Eva Hannesdottir ('12) captured the Icelandic national title in the 100-meter freestyle and went on to represent her country in the 2012 London Olympics in the 400-meter medley relay.
Tamera Young was the CAA Player of the Year in 2007-08 and briefly held the career scoring record at JMU with 2,121 points. She was drafted eighth overall by the Atlanta Dream in the 2008 WNBA Draft and was traded to the Chicago Sky in 2009. Entering the 2012 season, Tamera had appeared in 119 career WNBA games and with close to 800 career points.
Jacob Wukie ('08) captured a Silver Medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the team archery competition. He was a junior on the 2007 JMU men's squad that won the national collegiate championship in the sport's final varsity season at JMU. He finished second nationally in individual competition that year and earned All-America honors.
Mike Caussin played in 34 career games at JMU, posting 66 receptions at the tight end position for 1,009 yards and 14 touchdowns. He signed as a free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2010 before being signed by the Bills later that season. He was elevated from the Bills' practice squad in Nov. 2011 and appeared in six games with five receptions.
Akeem Jordan ('07) signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007 following a stellar career at JMU. He was on JMU's 2004 national championship squad and was named CAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. In 68 career NFL games, he has 218 total tackles with one sack and two interceptions.
Elliott Sadler ('97) competed in his first NASCAR Nationwide race in 1995 and is still going strong. In 2011, he was voted Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Elliott actually began his college years with a scholarship on the JMU men's basketball team before an injury derailed his hoop dreams.
C.J. Sapong ('10) was selected 10th overall by Sporting KC in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. He made a quick impression as a pro and was named MLS Rookie of the Year by season's end. At JMU, C.J. was named First Team All-CAA four times while scoring 37 career goals and was the 2010 CAA Player of the Year.
Charles Haley ('87) is the only player in NFL history to win five Super Bowls. He still holds several JMU records, including 506 career tackles. Haley was drafted by the 49ers in the fourth round and won two titles by the bay. He then won three with Dallas as an instrumental figure in the Cowboy dynasties of the early 90s. In 2011, he represented JMU with enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Gary Clark ('84), a JMU Hall of Famer, followed his record-breaking JMU career with a stellar NFL career, primarily with the Washington Redskins. He helped the 'skins to two Super Bowl titles and was named to four Pro Bowls. The Redskins retired his jersey after a career with 699 receptions, 10,856 yards, 65 touchdowns. Clark was instrumental in JMU's 21-17 win at Virginia in 1982.