NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Titans linebacker Deiontrez Mount only played in four games during his rookie season, but he experienced a roller coaster of emotions.
First came the high. It came in the team's season-opener at Tampa Bay, when Mount intercepted Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.
"I saw how that lit up the bench and made my teammates excited,'' said Mount, a sixth-round pick out of Louisville in the 2015 NFL Draft. "There's nothing else better in the world.
"It felt so good, and that made me even hungrier. I wanted to be out there even more, making plays like that."
Then came a big low. Mount suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in practice on October 15, just a few days prior to the team's fifth game of the season. He was placed on Injured Reserve, had surgery, and spent the rest of the year rehabbing.
"Until then, I was progressing more and more as a player they wanted me to become," Mount said. "And then right as I was starting to peak, that happened. It seemed like the end of the world, but I had a strong support system that kept me positive."
In four games, Mount registered a tackle, an interception and a special teams stop in 2015. He missed the final 12 games of the season after being placed on IR on October 17.
He's currently taking part in the team's organized team activities, but on a limited basis as he works his way back from the injury.
"I am about 80 to 90 percent right now,'' Mount said. "I should be back to full by training camp. At this point we're just trying to be smart with it, and take our time with it. I don't need to be ready until training camp, so they're trying to ease me into it."
Mount said he's looking forward to competing in training camp. He believes he'll be in a better position to be successful after adding 10 pounds to his 6-foot-5 frame this offseason.
He feels stronger, and more durable.
In four seasons at Louisville, Mount racked up 82 tackles and 9.5 sacks, including five in his final season at the school.
"Just to be back out there, it feel outstanding,'' Mount said. "It is good to be around the fellas and the coaches again, and feel a part of the team.
"Now I am just trying to get as comfortable out there as I can. Even though I am a little bit limited, I am learning the defense and the scheme of it and becoming more comfortable with the plays and my teammates. It's great to be back out there."
Titans Online looks at the collegiate career of Louisville LB Deiontrez Mount. (AP Photos)