Stanford's David Shaw was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year on Monday, becoming just the fifth coach in conference history to win the award in back-to-back seasons.

The others are Washington's Don James, USC's Larry Smith and Pete Carroll and Oregon's Chip Kelly.

The award has been in existence since 1975.

Shaw led his alma mater to a 10-2 record and the North division title one year after losing star quarterback Andrew Luck.

In two seasons since taking over for Jim Harbaugh, Shaw has a 21-4 record, with victories over USC (twice), Oregon and Notre Dame.

"I was surprised, to be honest,'' Shaw said. "I'm very appreciative and very grateful. There are a lot of guys in the conference I respect, and for those guys to vote for me is humbling."

Shaw's reaction to winning the award in consecutive years: "Crazy."

Stanford will play UCLA for the conference championship Friday at Stanford Stadium, with the winner advancing to the Rose Bowl.

Shaw wasn't the only Cardinal to be recognized by the Pac-12. Five players were named first-team all-conference: tight end Zach Ertz, of Monte Vista High School; offensive lineman David Yankey; linebackers Trent Murphy and Chase Thomas and safety Ed Reynolds.

Stanford's second-team selections were tailback Stepfan Taylor; offensive linemen Sam Schwartzstein and Kevin Danser, who attended Bellarmine College Prep; and defensive ends Henry Anderson and Ben Gardner.

In other All-Pac-12 news:


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  • USC receiver Marquise Lee was named offensive player of the year while Arizona State end Will Sutton was named Pat Tillman defensive player of the year. (Tillman attended ASU.)

  • Cal placed two players on the first team: offensive lineman Brian Schwenke and kicker Vince D'Amato. The Bears had no second-team selections.

  • Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was named freshman offensive player of the year. USC lineman Leonard Williams was named freshman defensive player of the year.

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