Checking in on Georgia Tech

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

A quick spring update from Atlanta, thanks to sports info guru Dean Buchan:

  • The Jackets have had two good practices in shells, including one in a steady rain. They're expecting rain through Sunday in Atlanta. They usually have access to the Georgia Dome in bad weather, but can't use it this weekend because the city's marathon is using it for their expo. They also have access to the Falcon's training facility in Flowery Branch, but Paul Johnson doesn't mind practicing in the rain, as long as there isn't lightning.

  • Senior center Dan Voss is out all spring after shoulder surgery and Nick Claytor, a probable starter at tackle, is out all spring with a back injury. In place of Voss has been junior walk-on Sean Bedford, an aerospace engineer major, and redshirt freshman Nick McRae.

  • One of the best competitions going on is for the starting jobs at cornerback. Junior Mario Butler started last year, but rising sophomore Rashaad Reid and sophomore Jerrard Tarrant (suspended all of last season) are both very good.

I'll be talking to the head man next week, so more to come then.