LaMarcus Tinker

Sam who? Mercedes has found a new guy on Glee — and this one has just as much, if not more, jock cred.

Friday Night Lights alum LaMarcus Tinker has scored the recurring role of Marcus, a linebacker and new love interest for Mercedes (Amber Riley). Tinker started work Wednesday.

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Marcus will fill the void left by Sam (Chord Overstreet) and will have a positive and encouraging influence on Mercedes, producers have said.

Besides FNL, Tinker has also appeared on Cougar Town.

Glee returns Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9/8c on Fox.