The Mountain View Buffalos have been yearly contenders in Class 2A over the past decade, and the 2021 season will be no different.

Mountain View finished 7-3 last year and lost to 2A runner-up Torrington in the semifinals, 31-20.

The Buffalos dealt with a couple of key injuries last fall, and despite the loss of three all-state players, including 2A co-Offensive Player of the Year Ashton Schofield, they’ll be in the mix in 2021.

Leading the charge will be seniors Tanner Collins and Connor Micheli. Both players are looking for a big, final season of prep football. They talked about how practice is going, steps the team needs to take to be ready to play its first game, competing in the difficult 2A West Conference, which games they’re looking forward to, and more.

Micheli was an all-state player for Mountain View in 2020. He was lost to an injury early in the Buffalos’ defeat at the hands of rival Lyman. Micheli accounted for 1,580 yards of total offense last fall. He was the team’s leading rusher with 404 yards and 6 touchdowns. He added 1,160 passing yards and 12 TDs with only five interceptions. Micheli was also fourth on the Mountain View defense with 108 points. He made 68 tackles (second on the team), had three tackles for loss, and one interception.

Collins was the second-leading rusher with 340 yards and five TDs. He added 12 receptions for 102 yards and one score. Collins made 28 stops on defense and had three pass breakups.

Head coach Brent Walk enters his tenth season leading the Buffalos program. Under his guidance, Mountain View has won three titles and finished runner-up twice. Walk told WyoPreps that the Buffalos will continue with their same approach of trying to compete at a high level and vie for a championship. He spoke about the two seniors we talked with, plus how practice is going, areas that need work, and more.

Here is a look at a few drills during the practice WyoPreps was attending.

Mountain View will scrimmage in Week 0 against Green River. Their official season debut will be at home versus 3A Evanston on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at 4 p.m.

University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players

During the summer of 2021, 7220Sports.com counted down the Top 50 football players in University of Wyoming history, presented by Premier Bone & Joint Centers, Worthy of Wyoming.

The rules are simple: What was the player's impact while in Laramie? That means NFL stats, draft status or any other accolade earned outside of UW is irrelevant when it comes to this list.

This isn't a one-man job. This task called for a panel of experts. Joining 7220's Cody Tucker are Robert GagliardiJared NewlandRyan Thorburn, and Kevin McKinney.

We all compiled our own list of 50 and let computer averages do the work. Think BCS -- only we hope this catalog is fairer.

Don't agree with a selection? Feel free to sound off on our Twitter: @7220sports - #Top50UWFB

- University of Wyoming’s Top 50 Football Players