Kenny Dillingham took over play-calling duties during Tuesday’s practice for Arizona State, according to multiple local reporters who observed the session.

SunDevilSource’s Chris Karpman noted that this is the first time in practice Dillingham has called the plays for the offense instead of offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin. The change comes after Arizona State was shut out at home by Fresno State over the weekend.

“Offensively, we need a little bit more boost so I’m going to do whatever I think can help us get a little boost of energy out here,” Dillingham said after practice. “So, today I was a little bit more involved in the offense than I have been just to try and get us going, get us out of the rut we’re in.”

Asked if he would continue to call plays in Saturday’s game against USC, Dillingham said it was likely.

“I’m trying to get us into a little bit of a rhythm,” he said. “I don’t know exactly how it’s going to play out to be honest, it’s just one of those deals where I’m just trying to get our guys into a little bit of a rhythm.

“Me as the head coach, whenever I’m more involved in one side of the ball, they’re gonna feel a sense of urgency. So I’m just trying to get more involved in that side of the ball this week to try to fuel that sense of urgency to try to get us something sparked.”

It’s unclear what the change means for Baldwin moving forward. According to Karpman, he was still at practice on Tuesday and engaged. In addition to his title as the team’s OC, Baldwin also coaches quarterbacks.

When Dillingham took over the program this offseason and then ceded play-calling duties to Baldwin, it was a bit of a curious decision. What put him on the national radar as a coaching candidate in the first place was his brilliant season piloting the Oregon offense in 2022.

Through the first three weeks, Arizona State’s offense has been a mess.

The Sun Devils scored 24 in the Week 1 win over Southern Utah. Then they managed just 15 against Oklahoma State in Week 2 while being shut out in the second half. ASU hasn’t scored a point since the 10:07 mark of the second quarter against Oklahoma State — just a touch over 100 minutes of game clock.

ASU is also down to 126th nationally in yards per play (4.57).

Against USC, college football’s highest-scoring offense, the Sun Devils have to be able to put points on the board or they risk a second consecutive embarrassment.