Thanks for the words of encouragement. I should've hit a linear back in college (I'm 28) instead of dicking around just bench pressing and doing curls and stupid stuff when I played basketball.
SS has been fantastic thus far. I tweaked the lower back a few weeks into the program in April back squatting but healed through it by front squatting for a week and a half. Since then most of the form issues have resolved. I refuse to let the long femurs and a non-degenerative spinal curvature (scheurmann's disease) excuse me from squatting properly. Low bar has helped tremendously in keeping me from leaning too far forward.
Can't say enough about introducing box squatting for my hip tightness/hamy's, wowzers has that worked wonders. I know Rippetoe isn't a huge fan of box squatting but it has been the difference for me in developing better hip drive and depth.
Roommate is in on this too, need to get him signed up on here. He's also 28, 6'0, 185 lbs. and reaping the same benefits I am. I'm going to turn him into a beast squatter.
Today was a good session. Deads felt great.