I suppose it really shouldn't be much of a surprise. The team poised to win the conference championship and represent the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl also led the way when the postseason awards were announced on Monday afternoon.
As suspected, David Shaw was named Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. After losing the best player in America, Shaw not only kept his team afloat, he led them to a Northern division championship, something Andrew Luck never accomplished. Should the Cardinal win the Pac-12 Championship game on Friday night and follow that up with a win in Pasadena on January 1st, Shaw would match Jim Harbaugh's school record 12 wins from 2010.
But Shaw would be the first to tell you that great players make great coaches, and he has a lot of great players this year. Two dozen of them were recognized as follows:
Tight End Zach Ertz, OL David Yankey, LB Trent Murphy, LB Chase Thomas, DB Ed Reynolds
RB Stepfan Taylor, OL Kevin Danser, OL Sam Schwartzstein, DL Henry Anderson, DL Ben Gardner
DB Usua Amanam, DB Terrence Brown, DB Alex Carter, Special Teams Alex Debniak, OL Cameron Fleming, RB Ryan Hewitt, QB Kevin Hogan, Return Specialist Ty Montgomery, DB Jordan Richards, LB Shayne Skov, DL Terrence Stephens, Return Specialist Drew Terrell, TE Levine Toilolo, P Daniel Zchlinkski
To put this in perspective, the Cardinal shared top billing with Oregon, who also placed five players on the first team. A separation begins when the second team is added, giving Stanford a total of ten honorees. With honorable mentions, the number jumps to 24. No other conference school is close to that. One other note -- Kevin Hogan, he of only three career starts, was one of only six quarterbacks honored. Pretty amazing.
Here's the full list.