For just about anyone, what occurred to Joel Stave at the end of Wisconsin's game at Arizona State on Sept. 14 would be difficult to overcome.
Stave knows he took a knee and set the ball on the ground, but there had to have been some second guessing on his part in the following minutes, hours and days regarding the final 18 seconds of that game.
Should he have made the kneel more obvious? Should he have tossed the ball to a nearby official instead? Should the Badgers have even run that play with the risk of not having enough time to spike the ball?
It was an upsetting situation, but character can best be judged by how one responds to adversity. Six days later, Stave was back under center, helping lead his team to a 42-10 stomping of Purdue back at the friendly confines of Camp Randall Stadium.
Right now, there isn't a better option on this roster at quarterback than Joel Stave, but the sophomore has been far from perfect through three weeks of play. With a massive test looming at Ohio State, there are three lessons we've learned about Stave in 2013.