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George Chen
George Chen is a senior staff writer at The Stanford Daily who writes football, football and more football. Previously he worked at The Daily as the President and Editor in Chief, Executive Editor, Managing Editor of Sports, the football beat reporter and a sports desk editor. George also co-authored The Daily's recent book documenting the rise of Stanford football, "Rags to Roses." He is a senior from Painted Post, NY majoring in Biology. To contact him, please email at gchen15@stanford.edu.

Chen: Lessons learned during the 2014 football season

This was a tough season for Stanford football fans. Like many, I often found myself at a loss for words in the past four months. Stanford’s 8-5 record wasn’t shocking, but the way the team played in those five losses, and even in some of the wins, certainly was. We criticized the offensive line for…

Sloppy Stanford falls to Utah 20-17 in double overtime

A season remains to be salvaged, as Stanford’s bowl hopes are teetering precariously. Plagued by sloppy offensive execution that has come to define the 2014 Cardinal team, Stanford (5-5, 3-4 Pac-12) fell to No. 23 Utah (7-3, 4-3) 20-17 in double overtime on Senior Day. The loss marked the first time in the David Shaw era…

Chen: Stanford shows resolve, grit in win versus OSU

Credit should be given where credit is due, and the Stanford football coaching staff and players deserve a lot of credit for bouncing back the way they did on Saturday. After getting shredded by a buzzsaw in the Arizona desert a week ago, no one would have faulted the Cardinal for quitting after a 4-3…

Football predictions: Stanford vs. Oregon State

Stanford (4-3, 2-2 Pac-12) vs. Oregon State (4-2, 1-2) Michael Peterson: Stanford 17, Oregon State 14 Stanford has still never lost in back-to-back games under David Shaw, and I don’t expect this game to buck that trend. The Cardinal enter the game banged up on defense and coming off an indescribably poor performance on offense,…

Chen: The (mis)use of Christian McCaffrey

Stanford football carries a weapon deadly enough to catapult the team to a third-straight Pac-12 title, but the offense is barely even using it. Good things happen when freshman running back Christian McCaffrey touches the ball, which is why the electric freshman needs to see the field more — more than he did against Washington…

Seeking momentum in matchup with Wazzu

Minutes after Stanford’s loss to Notre Dame last Saturday, senior strong safety Jordan Richards told the media, “I was just trying to head over there as fast as I could, but I just couldn’t do it.” I just couldn’t do it. Richards was referring to his own play, in which he was unable to break…

Chen: Let’s accept that Stanford isn’t elite anymore

Stanford football just isn’t elite this year, and it’s time for Cardinal fans to admit it. I withheld judgment after USC, Army and even Washington, but after seeing the Cardinal offense go three-and-out eight times on Saturday and look even more incompetent than it did during the Josh Nunes era (seriously, Stanford had a better…

Familiar script awaits Stanford in South Bend

Facing its first ranked opponent away from home, Stanford football will enter South Bend on a rainy Saturday equipped with a mistake-prone offense that can’t score and a filthy defense that can’t be scored on. National title implications are, of course, involved. Sound familiar?

Chen: Do better, Hogan

For the first time since the 2011 Big Game, I watched a Stanford football game from the stands instead of the press box on Saturday. Tucked in the right uppermost deck of Husky Stadium with a tiny and quiet contingent of Stanford fans, watching the game was new, strange and, above all, a nerve-racking experience.…

Stanford football heads to northwest to battle surging Huskies

For Stanford football, the easy part is over. The Cardinal hosted rival USC in week two, but sandwiching that Pac-12 showdown were cupcake home games against two teams that combined for 16 losses last season. Stanford has already faced a fair share of early obstacles — red-zone woes and offensive line problems — but they…

Haunted by red zone woes, Stanford falls to USC 13-10

On Saturday, the Stanford offense marched to at least the USC 32-yard line on every single possession, made five trips to the red zone, racked up 413 yards on offense, gained 6.1 yards per play and bested the Trojans in almost every major statistical category. But after four quarters, all the Cardinal had to show for…
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