August 10, 2011 10:45am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Glee': 'Friday Night Lights' Good Guy to Romance Mercedes
LaMarcus Tinker is going from playing a linebacker on DirecTV/NBC’s Friday Night Lights to playing a … linebacker on Fox’s Glee.
As first reported by TV Line, Tinker will recur as Marcus, Mercedes’ (Amber Riley) boyfriend, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk noted at Comic-Con last month that Mercedes would indeed have a new love interest.
The actor, who played East Dillon Panther linebacker Dallas Tinker opposite Matt Lauria’s Luke Cafferty on Friday Night Lights, will first appear in the season premiere and joined the rest of the cast to start filming Wednesday. He'll play a member of McKinley High's football team.
Tinker will fill the void in Mercedes’ love life left by the recent departure of Chord Overstreet, who opted not to return to his recurring role on Glee.