Stanford Tree featured in ‘Shadow Recruit’ spots

During Monday’s BCS National Championship game between Florida State and Auburn University, you may catch a glimpse of the Tree being interrogated by actors KEVIN COSTNER and CHRIS PINE. The actors are the stars of the upcoming movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and a promotion by ESPN and Paramount Pictures features mascots from this year’s Bowl series.

Each of the 30-second spots shows the two agents — William Harper (Costner) and Jack Ryan (Pine) — questioning Stanford’s Tree, University of Alabama’s Big Al and Auburn University’s tiger Aubie, all proving tough to crack.

The spots ran during the Rose Bowl game Jan. 1 and the Allstate Sugar Bowl Jan. 2, and will continue to run in the coming weeks on SportsCenter.

Check out the Tree getting the third degree: