In the library, archives or whatever system the football program lies the answer to UConn's woes.
It wasn't that long ago that UConn used to dominate on the ground. An All-American season by Donald Brown was followed by having to 1,000 yard rushers in one season, followed by another All-American season by Jordan Todman.
Blocking for those guys?
Just a couple of NFL players and draft picks. So, when Foley has wanted to show his team how to do some blocking, one of the first things he does is go to the film room and show them.
"If we are running a double team, I will go get a clip of Donald Thomas and Beatty double team and say 'this is how I want it to look," Foley said.
Foley then went on to explain the techniques that Thomas (with the Colts) and Beatty, a starting left tackle for the Giants, executed double teams almost perfectly. He then compares it to the techniques that the current players are using.
The best way to tell someone how to do something is to show them.
For Foley, it's those kind of teaching moments that he hopes pays off in the fall. UConn has had an inconsistent run game in recent years under former coach Paul Pasqualoni and line coach George DeLone. Foley was moved back to the offensive line from tight end last season after Pasqualoni was fired and has stayed on with Bob Diaco taking over as head coach.
UConn was ranked 119th in the nation last year in rushing at 84.4 yards per game and 109th in points scored. The unit gave up too many sacks and a lot of what ailed UConn's offense started with the line.
This spring has been spent rebuilding it.
The Huskies will get a dry run on Saturday in the Blue and White Spring game at Rentschler Field at 3 p.m.
Foley's task for Diaco and offensive coordinator Mike Cummings is to get a young offensive line working. UConn has to replace two starting tackles and a starting guard and also have concerns about holdover Gus Cruz, who missed more than half the season with cardiac issues.
Getting that line rebuilt is key, led by center Alex Mateas, who is entering his third year as a starter. Mateas is noticeably stronger than last year and that soft interior that UConn showed too often should be a thing of the past.
"He's gotten his strength, it's really improved and he has a better knowledge of what he's doing there,” Foley said. “He never played center before he got here. it was a transition. He's started to take control of the offensive line and be a leader. His individual play and he's more anchored down in the middle.”
At the guards, Tyler Samra is back and he has some experience spot playing the last two years as well as Cruz, if healthy. Foley also pointed out rising senior Bryan Paull and freshmen Kyle Schafenacker, Brandon Vechery and Jacob Basillica as standing out at guard this spring.
The concerns are mainly at tackle, where the Huskies are thin an inexperienced. Dalton Gifford start the last three games at right tackle and is the most experienced. On the left, there's rising sophomore Richard Levy, a talented and big man who is going to be a key player moving forward. Foley also said Tommy Hopkins and Paul Nwokeji have also shown glimpses.
Levy's always drawn raves from his teammates. The combination of size at 6-5foot-5, 315-pounds, and athleticism don't go unnoticed on the field. A year ago, current Raiders linebacker Sio Moore gushed at his ability. Levy didn't get any time this past season, but could be pressed into duty this year.
"He's a big athlete that moves his feet,” Foley said of Levy. “He was raw coming in, he had talent, but was raw technically. He needed time to develop. When I came back on the offensive line (last year) he was down with the scout team and we brought him up and rotated those guys in, and he sprained his ankle so I didn't get to see him for that long."
“He has the tools to be very good, it's a matter of time to him, he keeps getting better.”
The Huskies will play the spring game on Saturday, then head into the summer trying to get everything ready for late August and BYU.
It seems so far away, but the season is quickly approaching and there never seems to be much timer.