Because they had a severe case of the dropsies.
In 29 combined passes Thursday during 11-on-11 drills, the Badger quarterbacks were only able to complete 10.
Much of this blame falls on the receivers and tight ends who bobbled and missed multiple catchable balls. Jared Abbrederis, Isaiah Williams, Sherard Cadogan and Marquis Mason all drew the ire of wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander.
With Nick Toon out with an injured foot for the spring and three senior wide receivers graduated on, there is a giant opening for playing time for anyone willing to step up.
So far no one has.
RT: Casey Dehn, Rob Havenstein
LT: Ricky Wagner, Robert Burge
WR: Jared Abbrederis, Marquis Mason
While the spring practice has been relatively injury free, Wozniak was knocked out early Thursday after hurting his left knee.
During a 7-on-7 skeleton drill, Henry and Wozniak collided going up for a jump ball and Wozniak crumpled to the ground. Though he spent the remainder of the practice at the training table, Wozniak did not go back in side and was able to walk off under his own power at the end of practice.
Practicing as the No. 2 center, Ryan Groy has had problems snapping the ball in every practice so far.
It popped up again Thursday, as Groy and Brennan muffed a snap during an 11-on-11 drill.
For the first time this spring, Frederick was given reps at center. In 2009, Frederick became the first true freshman ever to start at offensive line for Wisconsin.
Pick It Up
Departed running backs coach John Settle was effusive in his praise for Montee Ball and James White last season when it came to blitz pick up.
Settle was so impressed with White, he said he was the best in pass protection for a true freshman he had ever seen.
Wisconsin ran a blitz pick up drill Thursday with linebackers going one on one with the running backs and fullbacks.
White and Ball have rubbed off — the backs easily beat the linebackers.
For what its worth, Aaron Henry and Kenzel Doe were the only two taking punt returns as the special teams were practicing punt block and punt coverage.
Head coach Bret Bielema has already said Doe is in the running for return jobs come fall and it looks like enrolling a semester early has helped the freshman receiver.
Wisconsin will complete week two of spring football with a scrimmage in practice No.6 Saturday