Who are the Pac-12 players and coach of the year?

It's typically difficult to award postseason superlatives, and the 2015 season was no exception in the Pac-12. Multiple coaches and players merited consideration, but ESPN.com tries to avoid the "co-" cop-out.

And so we have it thus:

McCaffrey was easy. He's a Heisman Trophy finalist who broke Barry Sanders' NCAA single-season all-purpose yards record. He was elected the Pac-12 offensive player of the year by conference coaches, and this week won the Paul Hornung Award as the country's most versatile player. He rushed for 1,847 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. It took the true sophomore two games to establish himself as the centerpiece of the Cardinal offense, but once he did he rushed for over 100 yards in 10 of the next 11 games, eclipsing 200 three times. The time he fell short of the century mark, he had 94 yards against Notre Dame. He also caught 41 passes for 540 yards and returned kicks and punts, including a 98-yard kick return for a TD in the Big Game.

He accounted for 15 total touchdowns -- giving way to short-yardage specialist Remound Wright in the red zone robbed him of more -- including two passing. McCaffrey was nothing less than a human highlight reel this season, and a consistent one. Next year should be fun.

There was more debate among your Pac-12 folk over the defensive player of the year, but Buckner wins because he was probably the best in the sense that we suspect he'd be the first player drafted among coaches selecting from the Pac-12 defensive pool. We'll see this spring, when he's expected to be a first-round NFL draft pick. The senior from Waianae, Hawaii, who also was tapped POY by conference coaches, averaged 6.3 tackles per game to lead the Ducks and all defensive linemen in the league. His 9.5 sacks ranked second in the conference -- 13th in the nation -- and his 16 tackles for a loss ranked third.

Further, he's one tough son of a gun. He played hurt much of the year. In fact, he suffered a hand injury against Arizona State, got it taped up and didn't miss a play after the half in a triple-overtime win.

The most debate came on coach of the year. There might have even been a ferocious email chain with some certifiable snark! Without resorting to the convenience of splitting the honor, as the Pac-12 did between Leach and Stanford's David Shaw, our democracy tapped Leach, whose team greatly eclipsed preseason expectations. In his fourth year in Pullman, Leach led the Cougars, picked to place fifth in the North Division, to their best finish -- 8-4 overall, 6-3 in the Pac-12 -- since 2003. Washington State led the country in passing offense at 397 yards per game and recorded its first three-game conference-winning streak since 2003.

The Cougars peaked at No. 20 in the AP and coaches polls, their highest ranking since (again) 2003. This all happened after a humiliating season-opening defeat to Portland State, an FCS team, so Leach rallied his guys from crisis to bowl eligibility for just the second time since 2003.