Thanks for the validation, thats what Im really leaning towards. I would like to do a 7.2, however I didnt do all the research I shouldve on my receiver. The main reason I bought it was for a two zone setup, inside for main AV purposes and zone 2 for an outside speaker setup. My receiver can only do either 7.2 inside or a 5.2 inside and the stereo outside. The surround back is either that or the second zone, no separation, so its either/or. The zone 2 is the surround back.
Anyway, I think thats my option for speaker placement. Sitting here now, if I put my surrounds parallel (90*) from the main listening position on the couch, it would be blocked by the beam directly over head. The rear corner is really only maybe 6' back from there so I think thats it. Just as long as hooking the surround L/R is OK for that far back, I guess Im good to go