It is the second straight year Shaw has won the award, and only the fourth time a Pac-12 coach has earned the award in consecutive seasons. Shaw led the Cardinal to a 10-2 record and a spot in the Pac-12 title game with the Rose Bowl on the line, all done in a year when the Oregon Ducks were expected to be sitting atop the Pac-12 North.
Cal had one lone first-team selection, with Vince D'Amato winning the honors at kicker. He was 30-for-33 on extra point attempts and 16-for-23 on field goals. His 16 field goals led the Pac-12.