Mike Shedlosky is one of the top defensemen in the nation
Seasoned senior inside linebacker and football team captain Mike Shedlosky is taking this season by storm. Shedlosky has been playing football for 14 years and is this week’s University Athletic Association (UAA) Football Defensive Athlete of the Week. Currently, he is ranked first in the UAA and second nationally for tackles. Shedlosky also tallied a career-best 19 tackles against Allegheny College and contributed to a Tartan win over Grove City College earlier this month.
Shedlosky is a civil engineering major from Bridgewater, N.J. Civil engineering was always a field he wanted to pursue, so he was naturally drawn to Carnegie Mellon’s excellent program. Although not intending to factor football into his college decision process, he joined the team after head football coach Rich Lackner asked him to play. He was surprised by the quality of education Carnegie Mellon offered him, and he has particularly enjoyed studying under civil and environmental engineering professor Larry Cartwright. He also enjoys taking advantage of the resources the program offers, such as the high-tech facilities of the civil engineering computer clusters. As for the future, Shedlosky hopes to stay for another year to get his master’s degree or find a job at a consulting or design firm. “I definitely do not want to sit behind a desk the whole day,” he said.
Shedlosky is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and, when not studying or playing football, he enjoys many recreational sports such as basketball, golf, and even rugby. He is also a brother of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. “I wouldn’t have had the same experiences if I didn’t join Beta,” Shedlosky said. He attributes his balanced routine to football season; since he has less free time during the season, he manages his time better. Although he is not a fan of the varying weather here in Pittsburgh, he is excited to hopefully get a job offer. Job offer aside, one of his long-term goals is to one day finish an Ironman.
With seven games left, Shedlosky has high hopes for the season. “Considering we are 1–2, we are one or two changes away from becoming a great team. The team is young, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we ended up 7–3 with a UAA conference title under our belt.”