Roland James earned All-America honors his senior year at Tennessee in 1979, concluding a special career for the intelligent and tough defensive back who played with a broken nose his sophomore year and broken thumb as a junior.
James spread the wealth during his career rather than exploding in one single season. His freshman year, he totaled 131 total tackles. As a junior, James had seven picks, including a 90-yard touchdown return against Mississippi that ranked third on Tennessee's longest return list at the time. His senior year cumulated with the All-America nod and his second consecutive All-SEC selection.