Stanford coach David Shaw had no reaction Monday to the thunderous news that Washington coach Steve Sarkisian was headed to USC. But Shaw, who is deep in preparation for the Pac-12 championship game, offered a few comments on the league's postseason awards.
Stanford was well represented on the all-conference team, which is based on a vote of the coaches. Guard David Yankey, return specialist Ty Montgomery, defensive end Ben Gardner, safety Ed Reynolds and linebackers Shayne Skov and Trent Murphy all earned first-team recognition.
But Shaw took ever-so-slight exception to Arizona State's Will Sutton as defensive player of the year over Murphy.
The Cardinal plays ASU on Saturday for a berth in the Rose Bowl.
"(Sutton) is a heck of a player,'' Shaw said. "He's taking a lot of our time. But I don't know that anybody in our conference caused more problems than Murphy.
"There's a little bit of disappointment."
Murphy, an outside linebacker, leads the nation in sacks (1.1 per game) and is sixth in tackles for loss (1.6 per game).
Sutton, who plays defensive tackle -- and thus has fewer chances to generate statistics -- has three sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. He won the award last year, as well.
The Cardinal also placed six players on the all-league second team: tailback Tyler Gaffney, Montgomery (as a receiver), offensive tackles Cameron Fleming and Andrus Peat, center Khalil Wilkes and special teams performer Joe Hemschoot.
Gardner's selection as a first-team honoree came despite a torn pectoral muscle that caused him to miss the final month of the season.
"He has a lot of respect around the league,'' Shaw said. "We didn't push for him."
Arizona tailback Ka'Deem Carey was named offensive player of the year, and UCLA running back/linebacker Myles Jack was named freshman offensive and defensive player of the year.
"It doesn't affect us one bit,'' Shaw said. "For us, it's schematic; it's not just about personnel."
There's also a chance, albeit slim, that Stanford would play Ohio State. The second-ranked Buckeyes would have to win the Big Ten title and get jumped in the BCS standings by No. 3 Auburn.
And don't rule out the possibility of Alabama making an appearance in Pasadena.
The scenario would require a loss by Michigan State so lopsided that the Spartans were eliminated from the pool of eligible teams. With Ohio State in the national championship game, the Rose Bowl would be free to select a team from the SEC, Big 12 or ACC. Alabama might be available.
For a list of Stanford and Cal players picked to the All-Pac-12 teams, see Scoreboard, Page 5.