James, a senior from West Monroe, was one of nine players from the Southeastern Conference named to one of AP's three All-America teams. Arkansas offensive lineman Shawn Andrews, Kentucky return specialist Derek Abney and Georgia defensive end David Pollack all earned first team honors.
James was joined on the second team by Georgia offensive tackle Jon Stinchomb, while Tennessee offensive tackle Will Ofenheusle, Georgia placekicker Billy Bennett, Alabama defensive end Jarret Johnson and Kentucky punter Glenn Pakulak were all third team selections.
The second team honor for James marks his fifth All-America honor in 2002. James has been listed as a First Team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association, CBS Sportsline and the Sporting News and a second team pick by CNNSI.com.
James, who was a semifinalist for both the Butkus and Lombardi Awards, was also named First Team All-SEC by every major poll, including the SEC Coaches and the AP.
James enters the Cotton Bowl with 147 tackles for the Tigers this season, including 11.5 for losses. He needs only four tackles against Texas to break the LSU single-season tackle mark of 150 held by Albert Richardson in 1981. James also ranks second in school history with 411 tackles.
In addition to his on-field accomplishments, James was one of only 14 players in all NCAA divisions, including just six at the IA level, to be named a National Scholar-Athlete by the National Football Foundation. James will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship as part of the award.
James becomes the second straight LSU linebacker to be named Second Team All-America by the AP. Last year, Trev Faulk made the list after leading the Tigers with 119 tackles.